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White House Wall Climber Killed in Pennsylvania Courthouse

  • Reuters

FILE - A worker installs metal spikes onto the White House fence, which had been scaled twice within a year, in Washington, July 1, 2015.

FILE - A worker installs metal spikes onto the White House fence, which had been scaled twice within a year, in Washington, July 1, 2015.

A man arrested for climbing a White House wall earlier this year was shot and killed at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday after he sliced a sheriff's deputy with a knife, the local district attorney said.

Curtis Smith, 34, was accused of entering the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester about 11 a.m. and slashing a sheriff's deputy on the arm or hand, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said. A second deputy in the lobby drew his weapon and shot Smith, who was treated at the scene but later died at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Hogan said.

The injured deputy was transported to a local hospital and was in stable condition.

Smith, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, had a criminal record that included arrests for assault and burglary. He was arrested in March for climbing a stone wall at the outer perimeter of the White House.

It was one of a string of recent security breaches at the residence of the U.S. president in Washington.

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