A Department of Homeland Security employee walked into DHS headquarters with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The employee, Jonathan Weinke, an analyst who has top-secret clearance, is now being investigated for conspiracy to commit workplace violence.
Though the investigation is still ongoing, Weinke has reportedly been placed on administrative leave, he has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license and his West Virginia home has been searched by federal authorities. No information has been provided yet regarding what the search turned up or if it will result in additional charges.
DHS Special Agent Eric Mann said Wienke entered DHS headquarters on the morning of June 9 and was subjected to the usual security measures, which include random screening at the door, leading to Wienke’s backpack being put in a screening machine.
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According to Mann’s report, the search of Weinke’s backpack turned up a folding knife with a 3-inch blade, two hand-held radios, pepper spray, an infrared camera and a set of handcuffs. The knife and spray were immediately seized.
Mann said later that morning he and another officer went to Weinke’s cubicle for a follow-up where he told them he did not have any other weapons and they could pat him down if they wanted. They did exactly that, at which point they found a five-shot revolver loaded with .22-caliber hollow-point rounds in the front pocket of his pants, causing Weinke to shout “an audible expletive.”
Mann’s search warrant application lists the potential charges as “attempt and conspiracy to assassinate, kidnap or assault a member of the executive branch of the government, false impersonation of a federal officer and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.”
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