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White House ‘fence jumper’ fatally shot after attacking police with knife in PA court

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The man who was charged for scaling the White House perimeter fence earlier this year was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse, after stabbing another deputy with a knife.

Gunshots were heard at Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania around 11 am local time Tuesday, and the courthouse was put on lockdown.

District Attorney Tom Hogan identified the man as Curtis Smith, of Coatesville in Chester County, WCAU reported. Smith, 34, entered the courthouse and shouted “I’m gonna getcha,” according to KWY.

Hogan said that one deputy was treated for stab wounds to his arms and hand. Smith had achieved notoriety when he breached White House security by climbing over a stone wall of the presidential mansion on March 1 this year.

He was immediately arrested and taken into custody by the Secret Service, and charged with unlawful entry. Smith’s trespass was the third in a series of similar but unrelated security breaches that occurred at the White House in 24 hour period.

Smith was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing for unrelated burglary and harassment charges in October. It’s not clear why he was as at the Chester County Justice Center on Tuesday.

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