An “intruder” at the Peruvian embassy in Washington shot dead by the secret services

The suspect was found breaking the windows of the Peruvian Ambassador’s residence.

A suspected “intruder” at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC, was shot and killed by the Secret Service on Wednesday morning, authorities say.

The suspect was found smashing the windows of the Peruvian ambassador’s residence, DC Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told reporters.

The ambassador’s relatives were inside and called police just after 8 a.m., Contee said.

The suspect was shot “following a confrontation” in the backyard of the residence, the secret service said. Contee said the suspect allegedly fired a metal stake at police. Officers used lethal force when the Tasers didn’t work, he said.

Contee said one motive was still under investigation, adding that it was unclear whether the suspect knew it was an ambassador’s residence.

The Peruvian ambassador’s residence was damaged in the burglary, but the ambassador, his family and staff, as well as secret service agents, are all safe, the embassy said in a statement.

Two officers are being assessed for injuries, Contee said.

ABC News’ Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.

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