Paul Murray, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, United States has been arrested near the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., USA. He was charged with possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, possession of unregistered ammunition, carrying a dangerous weapon and carrying a rifle or a shotgun outside a business.
The USNO is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the U.S. Aside from its scientific mission, a house located within its complex serves as the official residence of the U.S. vice president.
The house has been undergoing repairs so 49th U.S. vice president Kamala Harris, 56, and her husband Doug Emhoff, 56, have not been living there since the inauguration on January 20, 2021. They have been living at the Blair House, near the White House.
Murray served as a remote drone operator in the U.S. Army and was discharged in April 2014 for medical reasons. He was previously enrolled as a graduate student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Brazos County, Texas.
On March 1, 2021, Murray arrived to the lobby of the College Station Police Department and complained about a lack of support from Veteran’s Affairs and the local police. He recently purchased an AR-15, which he may have in his possession, and he “has been experiencing paranoid delusions of people, mainly the military and government being after him and want to kill him,” Washington D.C. Police told WUSA9.
An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, five 30 round magazines and 113 rounds of unregistered ammunition were found in Murray’s black Chevy Impala, which was parked in a garage near the USNO on March 17, 2021. It is still unknown whether or not he was there that day with an intent to harm Harris or any member of her family.
U.S. Secret Service officers arrested Murray that day in response to an intelligence bulletin that originated from Texas. Former Capitol Hill staffer Andrew Leyden, who lives near the USNO, took a video of the arrest.