Secret Service: Man with loaded gun inside vehicle arrested outside White House

    Suspicious vehicle investigated by Secret Service near White House on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (ABC7)

    A man was arrested outside the White House early Tuesday morning with a loaded gun inside a vehicle, the Secret Service said.

    The incident was first reported as a suspicious vehicle around 2:30 a.m. in the area of 15th Street and New York Avenue, NW, according to authorities.

    A D.C. police report states that 43-year-old Bryan Mchugh of Alexandria, Virginia, told responding officers the vehicle "contained a pressure switch with extra gasoline." Authorities say, the vehicle was searched and no explosives were found, but a loaded gun was recovered.

    Shortly before 5 a.m., the vehicle was deemed safe to tow and the scene was cleared, according to officials.

    Mchugh was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition as well as carrying a pistol without a license.

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel with D.C. police and the United States Park Police assisted the Secret Service in this incident.

    The Secret Service sent ABC7 (WJLA) the following statement late Tuesday morning following the incident:

    “On January 23, 2018, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Secret Service Uniformed Division officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of the White House complex. During their investigation Officers discovered the operator of the vehicle was in possession of a loaded firearm. Explosive ordnance disposal personnel from the Metropolitan Police Department were called to the scene to assist and declared the previously occupied vehicle safe. The operator of the vehicle was arrested and charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition. This subject was transported to MPD for processing. H Street between 15th and 17th Streets was temporarily closed to all traffic but is now reopened.”

    Read the press release from D.C. police below:

    This story has been updated.

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