On early Wednesday morning, the Peruvian embassy in Washington, D.C., saw gunfire after Secret Service officers shot dead an intruder who had broken into the ambassador’s home.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told reporters on Wednesday evening that the suspect was found smashing windows of the Peruvian Ambassador’s residence in the Forest Hills neighborhood of northwest D.C.
The ambassador and his family were home and called the police after hearing windows being broken at the rear of the residence. When officers arrived, they encountered a man in his 20s or 30s holding a metal stake, Contee said.
The man moved toward the officers, who fired Tasers at him, according to the police chief. After the Tasers failed to subdue the intruder, two officers fired their guns, killing him. The man, whom police have not yet identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two officers are being evaluated for injuries.
“I can’t recall the last time we had this type of incident on the property or residence of one of our Ambassadors,” Contee also noted.
The Peruvian Embassy confirmed the incident on Twitter, saying that a person entered the residence without authorization and caused damage to the property.
The Ambassador, his family, the staff of the residence, and the secret service agents are safe, the mission added.
The Secret Service protects foreign diplomatic missions located within the proximity of the US capital and the state of Maryland.
The Embassy of Peru tweeted the following statement:
Officer involved shooting – following a confrontation, uniformed division officers shot a reported intruder at a residence in the 3000 block of Garrison St NW shortly before 0800. Public information officers en route to the scene. No injuries reported to officers. pic.twitter.com/DF3iwz9j7x
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) April 20, 2022
“The Embassy of Peru regrets to report that today, early in the morning, a person entered the Official Residence without authorization, causing material damage to the property. Said person was shot by the Secret Service. The Ambassador, his family, the Residential staff, and the secret service agents are safe, and the fact is being investigated by the competent authorities.”