Man arrested for gun offenses near vice president's official residence

Friday, 19 Mar, 2021

The Naval Observatory is lit up at night in this November 2020 photo.

A Texas man, who was stopped by U.S. Secret Service and arrested on Wednesday near the Washington, D.C., residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, had a rifle and large amounts of ammunition inside his vehicle that was parked a few miles away, authorities said. Murray's auto was parked in a garage near the Washington convention center when police observed there was a large capacity ammunition feeding device inside the black Chevy Impala.

JEFF PEGUES: Well Gail, the man charged is 31-year-old Paul Murray of San Antonio, Texas.

Uniformed officers for the Secret Service nabbed Murray just after midday after spotting him in close proximity to the Vice President's home.

According to the March 10 bulletin, Murray, "may be experiencing a mental health crisis and may be armed with a AR-15". Harris, the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President, voiced her concern over the decline of democracy and freedom across the globe in her address to the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The home is located on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory in DC.

Harris was not at the observatory Wednesday afternoon, but in an office building near the White House, meeting virtually with Prime Minister Micheál Martin of Ireland.

Gaetz: When it comes to the Harris-Biden relationship, everyone in Washington knows that every time Kamala Harris shakes the hand of Joe Biden, she's checking his pulse, Sean. The man left the letter on the doorstep of a neighbor who had yard signs supporting the candidates.