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Heads roll at Secret Service after intruder spent nearly 20 minutes on WH grounds before being arrested

Two Secret Service agents are fired after a man spent more than 15 minutes on the White House grounds undetected last month. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Two Secret Service agents have reportedly been fired over an incident last month when a California man jumped a series of fences at the White House and roamed the grounds undetected for more than 15 minutes.

Law enforcement officials told CNN on Thursday that two uniformed division officers who were posted near the location where 26-year-old Jonathan Tran hopped a series of gates and fences have been fired.

Sources said the two agents had been on the job for less than one year.

More from CNN:

Video surveillance shows the alleged intruder, 26-year-old Jonathan Tran of California, first jumping a fence in the Northwest corner of the Treasury Building. He then climbed a five-foot fence, an eight-foot gate and hopped and three-and-a-half-foot fence while Secret Service members struggled to locate him.

Tran set off multiple alarm sensors before being discovered. He had been on the White House grounds undetected for more than 15 minutes, CNN reported in March.

The March 10 incident occurred shortly before midnight. President Donald Trump was home at the White House at the time of the incident.

Following the incident, Trump praised the Secret Service agents for apprehending Tran, saying they did a "fantastic job." Trump also described Tran as a "troubled man."

At the time of his arrest, Tran was carrying two cans of a mace and a letter written to Trump in a backpack. Tran claimed he was a "friend of the president."

This is the first report of any firings stemming from the incident. Reports from last month indicated that up to six Secret Service agents could lose their job over the agency's handling of the incident.

Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said the agency is continuing their investigation into the incident.

"The Secret Service continues to take appropriate actions based upon findings of the mission assurance review. We do not comment on personnel actions," she said in a statement. "However, all Secret Service personnel are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct."

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