A District of Columbia police officer who was part of an elite motorcycle escort for White House Officials and dignitaries was removed Wednesday after he allegedly threatened to shoot First Lady Michelle Obama.
According to The Washington Post, after the officer allegedly made the threat, he "used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he would use."
The police department's Internal Affairs Division is investigating the alleged comments and has notified the U.S. Secret Service, Wednesday.
The unidentified motor man made the alleged threat on Wednesday morning as officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against President Obama. The Huffington Post reports it was not immediately clear where the alleged discussion took place or how many officers took part in the security discussion, but according to officials, during the discussion, the officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady, and then retrieved a picture of the firearm he allegedly intended to use from his phone.
The Huffington Post reports it was not clear what type of firearm it was.
Another officer overheard the motor man making the alleged threat and reported it to a police lieutenant who immediately notified his superiors.
The accused officer has been moved to administrative duty while the allegations against him are being investigated.
The Daily Mail reports that Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan, said the agency was aware of the report and "would take appropriate follow-up steps."
According to The Washington Post, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump, said: "We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments."
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, told NBC Washington: "There is conflicting information about what the officer said... Internal Affairs will get to the bottom of it."
NBC Washington reports that tourists in front of the White House Thursday evening, expressed concern about the allegation. A tourist reportedly said: "It's horrible that anyone would threaten our first lady, especially a Metropolitan Police officer."
But according to The Washington Post, there was no indication of any immediate danger to the First Lady.