Alleged intruder at Peruvian embassy in U.S. shot dead by Secret Service

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Alleged Intruder at Peruvian Embassy in U.S. Killed by Secret Service

A suspected “intruder” at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C., was killed by the Secret Service on Wednesday morning, Xinhua news agency reported, citing police.

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Conti told reporters that the suspect was found smashing windows of the Peruvian ambassador’s residence in the Forest Hills neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C.

Conti said relatives of the ambassador were inside the house at the time and called police just after 8 a.m. (12 p.m. GMT).

The suspect, an adult male who appeared to be in his late 20s to early 30s and was reportedly carrying a metal stake, was shot after a confrontation with uniformed police officers.

According to Conti, Secret Service officers first attempted to use a non-lethal taser on the man, but “the weapons did not appear to have any effect on the individual.”

Police officers then shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the police chief added. Both officers are being evaluated for injuries.

“I can’t remember the last time we had this type of incident at the property or residence of one of our ambassadors,” Conti also noted.

The Peruvian embassy confirmed the incident on Twitter, saying that an individual entered the residence without authorization and caused damage to the property.

The ambassador, his family, the residence’s staff and Secret Service personnel are safe, the tweet said.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting foreign diplomatic missions located near the U.S. capital and the state of Maryland.

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