US Secret Service fatally shoot intruder outside Peruvian embassy

Officers first Tasered the man armed with a metal stake in the rear garden of the residence in an effort to detain him

The Peruvian embassy in northwest Washington is located in the posh neighbourhood known as Embassy Row.

US Secret Service officers shot and killed a burglar caught smashing windows at the residence of the Peruvian ambassador to the US on Wednesday, authorities said.

The ambassador and his family were inside the residence in the Forest Hills neighbourhood of northwest Washington, known as Embassy Row, when they heard several windows being smashed just before 8am and called the Secret Service.

The agency is responsible for protecting foreign dignitaries and missions in the US, including embassies and diplomatic residences.

The uniformed Secret Service officers encountered a man, armed with a metal stake, in the rear garden of the residence and deployed a Taser in an effort to detain him, but “those weapons appear to not have any effect on the person”, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said at a news conference.

The officers then shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Mr Contee said. His identity has not been released.

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