DC Police Arrest Heavily-Armed Texas Man Near Home of Vice President Kamala Harris

Police in Washington D.C. arrested an armed man near the US Naval Observatory, the official residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, CNN reports.

A spokesperson for the DC police said officers responded to the home around noon on Wednesday “in reference to a suspicious person based on an intelligence bulletin that originated from Texas, who was detained by US Secret Service."

The police spokesperson said officers arrested 31-year-old Paul Murray, a resident of San Antonio.

A police report obtained by CNN said that Murray was in possession of an "AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, 113 rounds of unregistered ammunition, and five 30 round magazines."

Murray faces numerous counts:

Murray was charged with 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, according to CNN.

The US Secret Service told the network that its Uniformed Division intercepted the man before police officers arrived.

The agency said that Harris and her family were not present at the residence at the time of the incident. Harris and her family are staying at the Blair House near the White House while the observatory is under renovation.

Murray had “paranoid delusions”:

DC Police told WUSA that Murray has been experiencing paranoid delusions of people, mainly the military and government being after him and want to kill him. He recently purchased an AR-15 and may have it in his possession."

Officials said police in Texas performed a welfare check on Murray as recently as two weeks ago after he told officers in October of last year that he was discharged from the Army due to schizophrenia.

Murray was a drone operator between 2010 and 2014, according to the report.


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