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Gun Suspect Prompts Lockdown at Capitol


Capitol Police respond to a belligerent man outside the Russell and Dirksen Senate Office Buildings at First St. and Constitution Ave. N.E. this morning. The Capitol campus was placed on lockdown as a precaution.(Chet Susslin)

The Capitol was locked down briefly today due to an incident in which Capitol police took a man initially reported to be armed into custody outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The incident caused Capitol Police to shut down entrances and instruct members and staffers to remain in their offices at around 11:30 a.m. The lockdown, lifted just minutes later, caused a brief interruption on the Senate floor, when officers positioned themselves by chamber entrances. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., noted the disturbance before continuing remarks on the New START treaty.


Capitol Police said in a statement that there had been a report of a man with a gun near 1st St. and Constitution Ave. N.E. and a suspect was in custody.


Chet Susslin

A Capitol Police officer tackles the man from the side.

Chet Susslin

As squad cars gather on Constitution Avenue, police move in to secure the individual.

Chet Susslin

Once subdued, the man is searched and reported to have no weapons on him.

Chet Susslin

Police secure the scene and briefly lock down the Capitol campus.

Chet Susslin

The man is handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.


This article appears in the December 16, 2010 edition of National Journal Daily PM Update.

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