Melania Trump’s head of security and personal Secret Service agent, Simon Donovan, was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress 4 blocks from Trump Tower. Donovan, who was off-duty, stumbled into an impossible situation and never had a chance at survival.
The man inside the store had a shotgun and he wasn’t going to jail. Donovan drew his weapon and engaged in a standoff that ended when the armed robber, a 22-year-old mentally ill man, fired his gun into Donovan’s chest. EMTs on the scene said he died instantly.
The man bought his gun legally half-hour earlier. He was wandering around with it strapped to his back talking some nonsense. The man was clearly delusional. His identity is being kept a secret until he has had a competency hearing.
Agent Donovan will be remembered by his friends and colleagues as a kind man who always put his subject first. His wife, Claudia Jean, asks four your support and prayers in this difficult time.