Texas man accused of pulling gun near White House

Texas man accused of pulling gun near White House

POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 12:41pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 6:53pm

A man suspected of pulling a pistol out of a holster near the White House on Tuesday told police "I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me," according to court documents.

U.S. Secret Service officers arrested Christopher Wade Briggs, 31, of San Antonio, Texas.

Police say the pistol had a bullet in the chamber. An additional search of a backpack Briggs was carrying at Lafayette Park revealed 171 more rounds, plus two more ammunition magazines, according to documents.

The documents say Briggs was carrying two hunting knives, one with a blade a foot long. Police accused him of unlawful carrying of a pistol.

President Barack Obama was at the White House during the incident.

This isn't the first time someone has pulled a gun near the White House during President Barack Obama's tenure.

In fall 2011, police arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez after he fired multiple shots at the White House, with some bullets hitting the building. The first family wasn't home at the time and no one was hurt.

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After acknowledging the seriousness of anyone brandishing any weapon around the White House, one has to stifle a little chuckle that Texas again has garnered national news because of a crackpot venturing beyond the Texas border to do yet another stupid and downright insane stunt. This state spawns the most outlandish people, comments and actions, and often deserves the bad press it gets. Kind of pitiful PR for a state that thinks it's the best in the whole US, wouldn't you agree?

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