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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was deemed a "dangerous individual" and will be detained pending trial.
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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was deemed a "dangerous individual" and will be detained pending trial.

The man accused of trying to kill President Obama by firing several shots at the White House will be detained pending trial, according to a decision made during today's hearing in Washington.

A U.S. Magistrate Judge called 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez a "particularly dangerous individual.'' He said Ortega must be detained to ensure the safety of the public and the president.

Mr. Obama and and the First Lady were out of town on the evening of Nov. 11, when authorities say Ortega used an assault rifle to fire as many as a dozen shots at the White House.

One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters but was stopped by ballistic glass and no one was hurt.

Ortega's public defender argued today that the government has failed to establish that Ortega was the shooter or that the president was the target.

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