September 19, 2014: Man Jumps Fence, Enters Restricted Part Of White House

The incident led to the resignation of the Director of the United States Secret Service. 

By Eric Shorey

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On September 19, 2014, Omar J. Gonazalez jumped a White House fence and attempted to enter restricted parts of the highly-protected building. The incident set off a scandal within the Secret Service, which was criticized for a lack of discipline and for potentially lying about the areas the intruder was able to access. Gonzales had been armed with a knife.

Officials at the time were stunned that Gonzales had made it that far into the White House without being stopped.

Gonzales is an Iraq war veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He later told officials that the "atmosphere was collapsing" and that he needed to inform President Obama.

He was sentenced to 17 months in prison and three years of probation on felony counts on entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly weapon and assaulting a federal officer. The incident led to the resignation of then Director of the United States Secret Service, Julia Pierson.


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