Alleged White House shooter found competent

November 28, 2011 - 5:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A preliminary psychiatric screening has found that a man accused of firing shots at the White House in an attempt to kill President Barack Obama is competent to stand trial.

But federal prosecutors filed a motion Monday requesting more extensive tests should his mental health become an issue.

Prosecutors say an initial evaluation by a court-appointed psychiatrist found Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is competent to understand court proceedings and aid in his defense.

The 21-year-old Idaho native is accused of using an assault rifle to fire up to nine shots at the White House when Obama was away Nov. 11. One bullet struck a window and was stopped by ballistic glass.

Ortega said "Yes, sir," during Monday's court appearance when asked if he understood the proceedings. He's being held without bond.