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On February 7, 2001, two weeks after the first inauguration of George W. Bush, Robert W. Pickett, a disgruntled Wikipedia:Internal Revenue Service ex-employee from Wikipedia:Indiana, at the perimeter fence of the South Lawn of the White House, fired a handgun multiple times, and was shot by Secret Service agents after a 10-minute standoff. The incident came at a time when officials were considering the reopening of Pennsylvania Avenue north of the White House.[1] The initial closure had been in 1995, after the Oklahoma City bombing, and was made permanent later in 2001, after the World Trade Center bombing.

Robert W. Pickett, an Wikipedia:Evansville, Indiana accountant who was described as 47 years old at the time of the shooting, briefly attended Wikipedia:West Point. He had been employed by the IRS but, after a series of absences, had left under pressure in the 1980s. Pickett claimed he had been unfairly dismissed, as he had been suffering from depression during the time of the absences,[2] and in 2001 was still in litigation with the IRS over his job. He had also sued his union, the Wikipedia:National Treasury Employees Union, and his IRS boss.[3] Pickett had a history of Wikipedia:mental illness, including six hospitalizations and two Wikipedia:suicide attempts, but no criminal record.[3][4][5] In 2000, he bought a handgun in Evansville after an instant Wikipedia:background check.[6] On January 19, 2001, the federal court had given Pickett 30 days to show why his remaining lawsuit should not be dismissed.[3]

Just before 11:30 a.m. Wikipedia:Eastern Time on February 7, 2001, Pickett was near the Wikipedia:White House South Lawn and fired shots in the general direction of the White House itself. A patrol car pulled up and talked to Pickett while the Secret Service evacuated some tourists from the White House and the adjacent area. According to official statements, during a 10-minute standoff, he refused to drop the Wikipedia:.38 caliber handgun, instead waving it in various directions and putting it in his mouth.[3][5][6] He was shot in the knee by a Secret Service Emergency Response Team officers when, according to an affadavit, an officer heard the gun click, empty.[2]

After the shooting, Pickett was originally charged with discharging a firearm during a crime, which would have attracted a 10-year mandatory sentence. As the result of a Wikipedia:plea agreement, Pickett instead entered a guilty plea to a local firearms violation and an Wikipedia:Alford plea to assaulting a federal officer. In July 2001, Pickett, then 48 years old, was sentenced to 3 years at the Wikipedia:Federal Medical Center, Rochester, followed by 3 years of probation.[5] Pickett was released on September 19, 2003.[7]

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