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Secret Service Arrest Armed man near Vice President Harris’ home


Officers prevented what could have been a frightening scene on Wednesday (March 17) after arresting a man who was found lurking near the vice president's private home in Washington, D.C. Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff weren't at the location because they've been reportedly residing at Blair House while the vice presidential home undergoes restorations following the change of authority. A spokesperson for the Washington Metropolitan Police stated, "At approximately 12:12 pm, to the 3400 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NW about a suspicious person based on an intelligence bulletin that originated from Texas, who US Secret Service detained."

A story by CNN says that authorities detained 31-year-old Paul Murray near the Naval Observatory. Upon review of his vehicle, they recovered an "AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, 113 rounds of unregistered ammo, and five 30 round magazines." The mention of the "Texas intelligence bulletin" implies that officials may have been aware that he may pose a threat.

Murray has been hit with numerous charges, including "carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device." It's unclear what his possible punishment would be or how long he will remain in police care.

Lindsay Watts of Fox5DC reported that authorities claimed that "Paul Murray was experiencing paranoid delusions, and thought the government after him, he bought an AR-15, told mom he was in DC to "take care of his problem."

Harris has also not commented on the arrest but did speak out earlier in the day about the shootings that took place on Tuesday in Atlanta, CNN reported. Robert Aaron Long, 21, was arrested for carrying out the shootings that left eight people dead. Six of the victims identified as Asian, and two others were White.

Long has been filled with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

"Our country, the President and I and all of us, we grieve for the loss," Harris, who is of Asian descent, said. "Our prayers are extended to the families of those who have been killed, and it speaks to a larger issue, which is the issue of violence in our country and what we must do never to tolerate it and to always speak out against it."


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