White House Fence Jumper Goes After Cops With Cheap Knife, Pays For It With His Life.
A man who earlier this year jumped a fence at the White House in Washington, D.C. and was apprehended by Secret Service agents rushed two armed Deputy Sheriffs in a justice center.
The man, Curtis Smith, used a folding knife which he unclasped and then used to attack a Deputy Sheriff in the back. The incident occurred at the Chester County Justice Center and appeared unprovoked.
"Let's do this ----!" shouted Smith as he slashed at the officer. Luckily, the Deputy Sheriff being cut was wearing a bulletproof vest which absorbed and stopped the knife from doing any damage. The same can't be said for Smith.
Upon hearing Smith's outcry, the partner of the Deputy Sheriff who was being attacked pulled out his handgun and shot Smith twice in the torso. Unfortunately one of the bullets passed through the hand of the shooter's partner, but Smith was eliminated as a threat.
Later in the hospital Smith died from his gunshot wounds while the Deputy Sheriff who had been attacked underwent surgery for the bullet wound to his hand. That Deputy is currently in stable condition recovering.
The shooting of Smith by the Deputy's partner has been labeled as completely justified by the Chester County Attorney's office.
“The Deputy Sheriffs responded appropriately and professionally to this attack,” said a spokesperson.
Smith was no foreigner to crime and neither was his family. Besides jumping the White House fence and attempting entry Smith was facing assault and burglary charges. His brother was recently convicted in the murder of the Smiths father.
It's at times like this that we need to be grateful for police and other officers who stand up to goons like this every day. They put themselves in the line of fire and it's reassuring to see that they are quick to act and act professionally when the time comes.
h/t: NBC News