Man arrested close to Kamala Harris residence, gun and ammunition discovered
The Vice President’s residence on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory.
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A Texas man wanted by the police was stopped by US intelligence and arrested on Wednesday afternoon near the Washington residence of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Police found a rifle, a large amount of ammunition, and several gun clips in a car owned by 31-year-old Paul Murray from San Antonio after telling them it was parked in a garage near the Washington Convention Center several miles away, according to NBC 4.
That black Chevy Impala also had what the police called a large capacity ammunition feeder.
Murray was stopped around noon by intelligence officials in northwest Washington on Massachusetts Avenue, just outside the Naval Observatory where Harris’ residence is located.
A person arrested by the Secret Service at the Vice President’s residence in Washington DC.
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Police said they arrested Murray in response to a Texas intelligence bulletin.
The Vice President and her husband Doug Emhoff do not currently reside at the Naval Observatory as the residence is currently under renovation. The couple live in Blair House near the White House.
Murray was accused of carrying a dangerous weapon, rifle or shotgun outside of a store, possession of unregistered ammunition, and a large capacity ammunition feeder.
Andrew Leyden, a former Capitol Hill employee who lives near the Naval Observatory, told CNBC that he witnessed the arrest when he stopped by on a scooter on his way to the Irish embassy to watch a St. Patrick’s Day video to shoot for his YouTube channel.
“A couple of policemen passed me at the National Cathedral,” Leyden said. “What was really strange was that they were marked units and unmarked units.”
A video Leyden recorded of the scene showed Murray surrounded by police officers with a bicycle in the nearby grass.
“I saw this shaggy looking guy tied up,” said Leyden, who posted a video of the scene on Twitter.
Harris’ spokeswoman Sabrina Singh referred CNBC to the Secret Service when asked for comment.