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Injuries reported after motorcade incident outside White House

A soldier from the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) salutes President Trump as his motorcade passes in the 58th Presidential Inaugural parade in Washington D.C., January 20, 2017. (Pvt. Gabriel Silva/(U.S. Army)
January 30, 2019

An incident took place outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon involving a pedestrian, a Secret Service agent and a Presidential motorcade carrying a Chinese official.

A pedestrian who was protesting reportedly jumped in front of the motorcade and was struck, according to reports. A law enforcement officer was also reportedly involved.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. EST – A protester jumped in front of a motorcade outside the White House and was tackled to the ground by a Secret Service agent, The Hill reported.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He was said to be in the motorcade, and was on his way to the White House for further trade talks. President Trump and Vice President Pence were at the White House at the time of the incident.

The Secret Service agent was injured and transferred to a local hospital, while the protester was arrested.

The Secret Service provided a statement to NBC News, saying, “On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at approximately 12:55 pm, near 17th and F Streets NW, U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers arrested one individual for Crossing a Police Line and Assault on a Police Officer after they attempted to [impede] the progress of vehicular traffic in a temporarily secured area. The individual will be transported to MPD 2D for processing.”

Radio traffic from local emergency services indicated that one individual had suffered a leg injury and was transported to a local hospital.

A fire department spokesperson later told NBC News that the officer suffered a leg injury, possibly a dislocated knee.

The incident took place near the intersection of 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue located just northwest of the White House.

“Witness says motorcade was approached by someone in the street, a secret service office tried to intervene and was struck. Separate witness says both a protestor and a secret service officer Sergeant were involved,” a CGTN reporter tweeted.

Video from the scene showed a large law enforcement presence.

An NBC report indicated that Chinese officials were inside the motorcade, and the protester was arrested for blocking the motorcade’s travel.

“US Secret Service is investigating a motor vehicle incident near the White House and there are injuries; a uniformed Secret Service officer was seen down in the street and at least one other individual appeared injured – @KellyO,” NBC News tweeted.

“Secret Service: Person arrested for crossing a police line and assault on a police officer after they “attempted to impede the progress” of a motorcade “in a temporarily secured area” near White House.  Sources: Chinese delegation was motorcade involved in the incident – @KellyO,” NBC added.

Chinese officials have been in Washington D.C. to meet with White House officials for trade talks in an attempt to reach a deal before March 1, according to the Washington Examiner.