A man who tried to get into the White House in March to give President Obama “a message” was killed after pulling a knife inside a Pennsylvania courthouse. Curtis Smith, known as the White House fence jumper from March 2015, is the man who was killed at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester on August 25. NBC Philadelphia reports that the shooting took place just before noon on August 25.
This is a breaking story so stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Smith Was Clad in Black & Told Deputies ‘I’m Going to Get You’
Two people were injured as a result of the shooting. One of the victims is a Chester County sheriff’s deputy, the other is Curtis Smith who later died after being shot by a different deputy. The gunfire broke out in the lobby of the complex’s “justice center,” reports Daily Local News editor Andy Hachadorian. The sheriff’s deputy is thought to be in stable condition. CBS Philadelphia reports that Smith was armed with a knife and that he tried to gain access to the courthouse before being shot three times. He was dressed in all-black and lunged a deputy while shouting “I’m going to get you,” reports Fox Philadelphia.
The situation has been is now under control, reports ABC Philadelphia. Roads around the courthouse reopened less than an hour after the shots rang out. Though a large police presence and even a helicopter remained on scene. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan wrote on his Facebook page that:
There was an incident in the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center. Sheriff’s Deputies neutralized the threat and the area is secure. The Justice Center will be closed to the public for the rest of the day. More details will follow.
It was Hogan who later confirmed that it was Curtis Smith who had been involved in the shooting.
2. In March 2015, Smith Was Accused of Scaling a White House Fence to Try and Get a Message to Obama
On March 4, Smith was arrested in Washington D.C, accused of trying to get into the White House complex, reported the Daily Local News. This was during a bizarre 24-hour period when two others were accused of committing same crime. The Washington Post reported that Smith told authorities that he needed to pass a message along to President Obama. He was officially charged with unlawful entry in the case and was represented at the time by Martin Rosendorf.
3. His Brother Killed His Father in 2012
In September 2013, Smith’s brother, Derek, was sentenced to 15-to-30 years for killing his father, Steve Washington, in West Chester. The West Chester Daily News reported at the time Derek Smith pleaded guilty to killing his father on President’s Day 2012 after an argument. Derek Smith told police that he and his father had gotten along but after drinking a can of beer he became “pumped up” about his relationship with his father. He then shot his father twice with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. He later expressed remorse for the crime.
4. Smith Didn’t Have a Criminal Record in Pennsylvania
The Daily Local News in West Chester reported that Smith didn’t have a criminal record in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Smith was a resident of Coatesville, Pennsylvania. A lawyer who represented Smith in domestic violence case, Lewis Hannah III, told NBC Philadelphia that Smith “was a truck driver. He worked every day, had a family, a wife, you know, you would have never have thought.” Hannah III went on to describe Smith’s death as “really tragic.” Smith was married to a woman named Anna.
5. Smith’s Last Facebook Message Told the World ‘Shalom’
According to his Facebook page, Smith was a lived in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, but was a native of Thorndale. He attended high school in Coatesville. His last visible Facebook post was a MEME with the word “Shalom” written across it. He writes on his page that he’s single and that “I’m on team holy ghost,” as well as “L.D 4 life can’t read or right but ready to fight through christ.” Smith lists the Bible as his favorite book.