Person with weapon arrested in Washington DC for assault, Secret Service says

The U.S. Secret Service said they arrested a person in possession of a weapon for assault in the nation’s capital Wednesday.

After responding to what was reported as “shots fired” in the area in Washington D.C., the agency reported in a tweet it responded to the scene and secured the area but found that no shots actually were fired.

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Local station WJLA spoke to a witness who claimed that an individual with a knife and a handgun went into the Interest Section of Iran, part of the Pakistan Embassy. 

The individual then reportedly used a pistol to hit a man stationed at the front desk and then allegedly coerced the man to an upper floor before locking him in a room. The witness told the outlet the individual was allegedly brandishing a gun and yelling in Farsi.

The man at the desk was seriously injured, WJLA reported, and brought to the hospital.

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The Secret Service said a person with a weapon was arrested for assault.

“Secret Service protective operations were not affected during this time,” the statement said. “As a matter of policy we cannot comment on on-going investigations. The Secret Service is working with our law enforcement partners to investigate the incident.”