Man Shot by Secret Service at White House to be Held Until Trial
Still frame from a Secret Service surveillance video that prosecutors say shows Jessie Olivieri just before he was shot at a White House security checkpoint for ignoring command to carry the gun in his right hand.Secret Service
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A man shot at a White House security checkpoint in May was ordered held pending trial after a brief hearing Monday that included showing surveillance video of the incident.
Jesse Olivieri, age 31, of Ashland, Pennsylvania was shot May 20 at security gate surrounding the White House grounds after Secret Service officers say he repeatedly ignored commands to drop a handgun he was carrying.
Video from a Secret Service surveillance camera showed him walking toward the White House security fence holding the gun as officers aim their weapons at him.
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A second closer view recorded the scene as he was shot and fell to the ground.
He survived the single gunshot and appeared in a wheelchair at federal court in Washington Monday. His lawyer asked that Olivieri be released to home detention because he never pointed the gun at anyone and had no criminal record.
Defense lawyer Loui Itoh of the public defenders office said the man was living with his parents and was receiving psychiatric treatment.
But U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey said Olivieri was "a danger to both himself and the community." He called the man's actions "a crime of violence involving law enforcement officers whose job it is to protect the perimeter of the White House."
Prosecutors said Olivieri was carrying a silver .22-caliber Ruger handgun. After he was wounded, the Secret Service says he told an officer, "I came here to shoot people."
An law enforcement official said in May it appeared to be a case of attempted "suicide by cop."
Olivieri is charged with resisting officers with a dangerous weapon. The offense carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court, based in Washington.