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Secret Service officer shoots armed man outside White House

A Secret Service agent shot an armed man who approached a checkpoint outside the White House on Friday, the Secret Service said.

Shortly after 3 p.m. EDT, a man carrying a gun walked up to the checkpoint on E Street. Secret Service officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop his gun, but he failed to comply, said David A. Iacovetti, Secret Service deputy assistant director, in a statement.

A Secret Service officer then shot the man, who was then taken to a nearby hospital, Iacovetti added. An emergency medical service spokesman told the Associated Press that the man arrived at the hospital in critical condition.

The Secret Service said they recovered the gun at the scene, and the man did not enter the White House complex. President Barack Obama was not on the premises during the shooting.

A security alert placed on the White House grounds was lifted later Friday afternoon, nearly an hour after reports of a shooting nearby surfaced.

The shooting occurred on West Executive Drive, the U.S. Park Police said on Twitter.

This is a developing story. PBS NewsHour will update the story when more information becomes available.

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