The vehicle broke into the Holy See and was repelled with shots from the guards. The driver, a 40-year-old man, was arrested.
A car tried to enter this Thursday at full speed to the Vaticanin Rome, and the guards opened fire on the driver, who was arrested.
The event set off alarm bells in the Holy See, which mounted a special operation to protect Pope Francis, who was at his residence in Santa Marta.
As reported by the Vatican, The episode occurred after 8:00 p.m., when a 40-year-old man, with a serious state of psychophysical disturbance, tried to enter the area through the Santa Ana gate.
Upon being rejected by the Swiss Guard and Gendarmerie agents, the person returned with his car at full speed and entered the perimeter.
An inspector from the Vatican gendarmerie fired a shot at the car’s tires without being able to stop it. An alert was launched and other accesses to the Vatican were closed.
The car finally stopped inside the Vatican “and the man got out alone and was controlled by the gendarmerie,” according to the same source.
“He was immediately subjected to a medical visit (…) which confirmed a serious psychophysical disorder” of the driver.
The man, whose identity was not specified, is imprisoned in a Vatican cell and is at the disposal of the judicial authorities, the statement concluded.