The US Secret Service says a man with a firearm walking near the White House led authorities to briefly lock down the property as a precaution. A uniformed Secret Service officer confronted the unidentified man on Saturday afternoon as he walked along Pennsylvania Avenue near Madison Place, on the eastern side of Lafayette Park.
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The man was placed under arrest after a brief struggle and turned over to the local police department. He faces several charges, including carrying a firearm without a license, carrying unregistered ammunition and resisting arrest.
President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time. He was in Maryland, playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base.