As the impeachment proceedings of US President Donald Trump have attracted constant news coverage and intense online debate, an altercation took place between police and two people who attempted to rush into Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida estate with a large black SUV.
After the vehicle crossed through two checkpoints without identifying themselves, police opened fire on the vehicle. The incident reportedly happened just before noon on Friday, which was a few hours before the president was expected to arrive at the estate.
The two people who were found inside of the SUV were taken into custody, but it is not clear if anyone was hurt or injured in the incident.
By the time that the SUV began making its way to the estate, the Florida Highway Patrol noticed that the vehicle was rushing through a restricted area before approaching the main entrance of the resort. As the vehicle approached the entrance, they sped through the first checkpoint without even slowing down.
After the vehicle passed through the second checkpoint, it was already being pursued by a helicopter, and officers on the ground began shooting.
In photos taken later at the scene, bullet holes can be seen in the windshield of the SUV.
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.
However, later reports indicated that the breach was made by two women who were fleeing from police after an altercation nearby, so it is possible that they did not even intend to crash the gates of the resort.
According to a later report by ABC News, the incident started several miles away from Mar-a-Lago, when police were called to a report of two women dancing on top of a parked car in the parking lot of a Motel 6, while other reports suggest that a similar scenario unfolded at a hotel called “The breakers.”
When police arrived on the scene, the women got into another car and drove away, and as they were pursued by police, they sped off in the direction of the resort. This weekend, the Super Bowl is scheduled to take place in Miami, and visitors have flocked to the region for parties and celebrations.
Mar-a-Lago has been the target of several intrusions since Trump became president, but the nature of this incident appears that it could be different. There is a good chance that these women did not intend to ram the gate of the resort, but were just trying to get away from the police for some other reason. Regardless, secret security and local police are on high alert considering the strange timing of the incident.
Meanwhile, the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are dragging on, with Republican senators estimating that it could stretch into next week.
INCIDENT NEAR MAR-A-LAGO: Shots were fired after an SUV breached 2 security checkpoints at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The sheriff's ofice said two people are now in custody. https://bit.ly/3aT1Ige
Posted by 10 Tampa Bay on Friday, January 31, 2020