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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

D.C. Attack: Cry for Help?

WASHINGTON -- The man who was shot by a Secret Service officer after he scrambled over the White House fence carrying an unloaded gun may have been trying to commit suicide, officials say.

Law enforcement officials speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity said Leland William Modjeski must have known that carrying an empty gun onto White House grounds would provoke the president's security team. "There is some indication of a mental history," federal prosecutor Eric Dubelier told reporters after a court hearing Wednesday. "The case is under investigation."

Modjeski has been charged with assaulting three Secret Service officers and carrying a firearm across state lines with the intent to commit a felony. Each crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

Modjeski was not charged with attempted assassination, but officials did not rule out future charges. "We have to figure out why he did what he did," Dubelier said.