Secret Service open fire on SUV that breached two security checkpoints at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and take two women into custody hours before the president is due to arrive
- Authorities opened fire after a black SUV drove through two security checkpoints near Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Friday
- The two women inside the SUV have since been taken into custody
- The SUV was located nearby riddled with bullet holes following a short pursuit
- It is not yet clear if anyone was injured
- The incident was sparked by a woman dancing on a car who then led police on a pursuit
- Trump was scheduled to leave Washington for his resort later on Friday afternoon where he was expected to spend the weekend
A woman dancing on top of a car is what led to a police-involved shooting near Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate after a SUV breached two security checkpoints during a pursuit.
Two women were arrested following the ordeal near Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday just hours before the President was due to arrive.
Police say the incident unfolded after they responded to reports of a woman dancing on a car in the parking lot of a motel near Mar-a-Lago.
When they arrived, the woman got into another car – a black SUV – and led police on a pursuit towards the main entrance of the Mar-a-Lago estate.
Authorities opened fire after a black SUV (pictured above) drove through two security checkpoints towards the front entrance of the estate in Palm Beach, Florida at about 11.40am on Friday
Authorities opened fire after the SUV drove through two security checkpoints near Mar-a-Lago at about 11.40am. The rear window of the SUV was shattered in the ordeal
Authorities opened fire after the SUV drove through two security checkpoints at about 11.40am.
It is not yet clear if anyone was injured.
Based on a preliminary investigation, investigators believe the vehicle approached the checkpoint at a high rate of speed and did not appear to brake in any way.
The checkpoint, a series of concrete barriers and armed officers, is blocks away from the actual resort.
The vehicle fled after officers started shooting. The Highway Patrol and a Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office helicopter then pursued the car.
Several officers opened fire on the car after the vehicle breached security. Bullet holes can be seen in the SUV’s windshield above
The SUV was located nearby following a short pursuit and the two occupants were arrested
The SUV was located about four miles away in a Studio 6 parking lot and the two occupants were arrested.
Trump was scheduled to leave Washington for his resort later on Friday afternoon where he was expected to spend the weekend.
First lady Melania Trump is currently at the White House and was expected to travel with Trump.
Secret Service agents have warned guests at Mar-a-Lago that they will not be allowed to leave for at least a few hours as the investigation continues.
Mar-a-Lago has been the scene of several intrusions since Trump became president.
On January 5, just hours after Trump and his family had left the club following a two-week vacation, a Florida man who had been dishonorably discharged from the Marines for sex offenses was arrested after he got past two checkpoints by falsely identifying himself as part of the president’s helicopter crew.
The back of the SUV appeared to have been completely shot out after the pursuit
The SUV was located nearby and the two occupants were arrested. Two law enforcement officers are pictured above inspecting the vehicle after it was stopped