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Armed man arrested near home of Vice President Kamala Harris

Paul Murray is facing several charges, including carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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A Texas man who was wanted by police was arrested near the home of Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday afternoon (March 17).

Secret Service stopped 31-year-old Paul Murray right outside the Naval Observatory, which contains Harris’ residence, in response to an intelligence release that began from Texas. The vice president and her husband do not currently live at the Naval Observatory because it is undergoing renovations. Authorities found a rifle and ammunition in Murray’s vehicle, which was parked in a parking garage in downtown Washington D.C. Police also found “a large capacity ammunition feeding device,” according to CNBC.

Murray was charged with carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Andrew Leyden, a former Capitol Hill employee who lives near the area, witnessed the arrest. “A bunch of cops passed me at the National Cathedral,” he told CNBC. “What was really odd was it was marked units and unmarked units.” Leyden also took a video of the arrest, which showed Murray surrounded by police.

Last month, authorities arrested an armed woman who was trying to hand-deliver a letter to President Joe Biden at the White House. As REVOLT previously reported, Sylvia Hall walked up to a security checkpoint near the White House on Feb. 13 and told D.C. Metro police she wanted to speak with the president and give him a note.

Her demand prompted Secret Service agents to search her car, where they later found a gun. She was arrested on charges of carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition.

A male friend who accompanied Hall was also taken into custody for carrying a BB gun. Neither person was recognized as an immediate threat to the president or White House employees.

Check out the video of Murray’s arrest below.

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