Capitol Police Arrest Man With Shotgun

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 18, 2008 2:58pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf, Jack Date and Theresa Cook Report:  A man carrying a gun has been arrested near the U.S. Capitol at 1st and D Street NE, U.S. Capitol Police Spokesperson Sgt. Kimberly Schneider tells ABC News.

Schneider said the man was spotted with what appeared to be a shotgun as he walked up a street towards the Capitol building.

No one was injured in the incident, and no shots were fired, Schneider said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

A vehicle believed to be associated with the man is being searched at 1st and D Street, NW, Schneider said.  Officers noticed several "items of concern" in the vehicle but Schneider did not elaborate on what those items might be. 

A robot from the force’s bomb squad was later seen inspecting a light green, older model truck with a red camper top and Utah license plates that was parked on Capitol grounds.  The robot lifted several items out of the vehicle, including what appeared to be a sweatshirt, and several other unidentified objects.

A loudspeaker announced across the Capitol complex that two loud bangs would be heard as police continue to inspect the vehicle.  At approximately 4:30 p.m., a blast was heard and debris could be seen shooting out of the vehicle.  A short time later, police announced via loudspeaker that they had completed the destruction of the items, but that the investigation is still ongoing.

As a precaution, authorities have evacuated the nearby Teamsters building, due to its proximity to the vehicle being inspected. 

Capitol Police officers were also seen placing a shotgun into an evidence bag.

The suspect, described by Schneider only as a white male, is being held at Capitol Police headquarters, less than a block from where he was apprehended. 

Police have closed the street in front of the headquarters, and have shut down six blocks near the Capitol to all traffic.

ABC News’ Vija Udenans and Vic Ratner contributed to this report.

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