White House fence-jumper killed after Pa. court attack – USA TODAY
A Pennsylvania man who jumped a White House fence in March was shot dead Tuesday inside a Philadelphia-area courthouse after he slashed a sheriff’s deputy with a knife.
Curtis Smith, 34, of Coatesville, was killed by another deputy after the attack about 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, Pa., District Attorney Thomas HoganÂ said at a news conference.
The injured deputy, who was not identified, was cut on his left hand and arm and taken to Paoli Hospital. He was listed in stable condition.
Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officials did not immediately say how many times he had been shot. It was not clear why he was at the courthouse or what prompted the attack.
A lawyer representing Smith in a pending domestic-violence case told WCAU-TV his client “had no terrorist claim or anything like that.”
The courthouse was locked down for about two hours and then closed the rest of the day. Trials and court business for those inside continued, however, the Delaware County Daily TimesÂ reported.
âUnfortunately, because of incidents like this across the nation, we have learned how to deal with an attack at a courthouse,â Hogan said. âNo one else was injured. The sheriffs did their job, and the lockdown went perfectly.”
Smith was arrested March 1 after he scaled a stone wall at the southeast corner of the White House complex. The arrest record said he wanted “to pass a message to the president,” the Washington Post reported. He offered no resistance and “turned around presenting his hands behind his back for arrest.”
Under a deferred-prosecution agreement in April, SmithÂ was ordered to stay away from the White House and to report to authorities by phone weekly, the Philadelphia InquirerÂ reported.Â AÂ status hearing was scheduled for October.
Smith was one of three men detained within 16 hours after they breached the White House perimeter.
In May, he was charged withÂ burglary, assault and harassment over a domestic dispute. Court records show aÂ preliminary hearing was scheduled forÂ October,Â WCAU-TV reported
“He was a truck driver,” his attorney, Lewis Hannah III, told the station.Â “He worked every day, had a family, a wife”