Secret Service agents have apprehended a man who lit himself on fire outside of the White House Friday afternoon. The White House was temporarily on lockdown as a result of the incident, the AP reported.
ALERT: Secret Service personnel are responding to a police/medical incident on Pennsylvania Ave. along the @WhiteHouse North Fence Line.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) April 12, 2019
— Ross Palombo (@RossPalombo) April 12, 2019
WATCH LIVE Man reportedly attempts to set himself on fire in front of White House https://t.co/zgPJ3ZNH5r
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) April 12, 2019
The man had lit his jacket on fire before the Secret Service intervened, according to multiple reports.
#NEW Secret Service has apprehended a man who attempted to light himself on fire outside the White House. The man reportedly lit his jacket on fire before being arrested. He is being treated for injuries, no threat determined against the President. pic.twitter.com/L8tTj3lDUJ
— Greta Wall (@GretaLWall) April 12, 2019
“A man lit his jacket on fire while on Pennsylvania Avenue Friday and is now getting first aid,” Fox News reported. Law enforcement officials told Fox that the North Lawn had been cleared.
— Ross Palombo (@RossPalomboWPLG) April 12, 2019
Secret Service extinguished the fire and provided first aid to the suspect. He was then taken to the hospital for an evaluation, WFTL reported.
According to Fox News, the man was in a wheelchair scooter when he lit his jacket on fire, and seemed to have mental issues.
Please check back for updates as this is a developing story.