The federal agency created to help keep the United States safe is dealing with a potential attacker from their own office.
Jonathan Wienke, an employee with top-secret clearance at the DHS is being investigated for bringing a stash of weapons to work. Wienke is an analyst in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
Reportedly, he arrived to work the morning of June 9, going through the normal security procedures to enter the building. However, he was selected for random screening, and his backpack placed on the screening machine. There security officers found several items, including a folding knife with a 3-inch blade, pepper spray, a set of handcuffs, an infrared camera and two hand-held radios. The officers took the knife and pepper spray from him.
At 9 a.m., DHS Special Agent Eric Mann and another officer visited Wienke at his cubicle and he gave them permission to search him, denying he had any additional weapons. During a pat-down, officers found a loaded revolver in the front pocket of his pants. They heard him utter an expletive under his breath when the gun was found.
Officers have also searched Wienke’s home in Martinsburg, West Virginia. According to court documents, they have cause to believe he was possibly plotting an attack or conspiring with another person to commit workplace violence.
Wienke was released on June 13, while the investigation is ongoing. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license. A spokesman for the DHS said he has been placed on administrative leave.
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