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A Secret Service officer is accused of breaking into the Buffalo home of an ex-girlfriend while carrying a loaded handgun.

Zachary D. Horn, 23, of Enola, Pa., faces domestic violence charges in connection with a break-in shortly before 11 p.m. Monday at the North Street apartment.

A loaded .357-caliber handgun was taken from the defendant by Central District Officers John Williams and Thomas Duffy, police said.

Horn pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal trespass and attempted burglary before City Judge Sharon M. LoVallo, who set bail at $10,000.

Michael Bryant, special agent in charge of the Buffalo Secret Service office, said, "We're monitoring the situation, and no decision has been made yet on any administrative action."

Police said Horn entered the secured building where his ex-girlfriend lives. After being asked to leave, police said, he crawled out a second-floor window, and then climbed up to the third floor. The arresting officers said Horn's firearm was holstered when they apprehended him.

Horn's attorney Alan D. Goldstein of Buffalo could not be reached for comment.

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