July 15th, 2009
06:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Capitol Police shoot, kill man near Capitol campus

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Capitol Police shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon near the Capitol campus, a police spokeswoman said.

According to spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider, the man fled in his vehicle after Capitol police stopped him for a routine traffic stop.

As he drove away, the man struck an officer, who was injured, she said.

The man then drove the wrong way down a one-way street. At some point, he produced a weapon and ignored police commands to drop it, according to Schneider. Police then shot the suspect, killing him, she said.

She did not identify the suspect.

The shooting, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., drew emergency vehicles to the area around the Capitol building and caused police to temporarily seal some entrances to the complex.

An e-mail sent from Capitol police to all staff members of the House of Representatives said the incident was "isolated" and was "unrelated to the security of the Capitol Complex."

It added, "All buildings are open under normal operations."

(Updated at 6:50 p.m. EDT with additional information.)

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Pro-Life except when Police Kill

    I guess the security guards forgot to bring their Tasers to work. This calls for an investigation.

    July 15, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. barrystash

    Incredible. I would have thought the police would have been instructed by the Obamots by now on how to deal with a situation like this. They just need to talk to the shooter, convince him to lay his weapon down. Violence begets violence. No more fighting gun shots with gun shots. We must all live together, thats what the good book says (Saul Alynsky's book that is). All Hail the Obama !

    July 15, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. david, CA

    No where to post cept here- so...

    Palin resigns because "going with the flow" (aka keeping her promise to the people of Alaska who elected her to serve a full four years) would have been too easy.

    Sanford refuses to resign because resigning would be too easy.

    July 15, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    4 what? stop posting articles without all the details.

    July 15, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – wonder if he had a gun permit? Smart enough to have the money for a Mercedez, but not smart enough to follow the law?


    July 15, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Gator

    Wonder if he was a Democrat or a Republican

    July 15, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Claire, NY

    I think there should be an investigation. Really.

    July 15, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Obviously another right-wing extremist driven by the hatred preached by Limbaugh, O'Reily, Beck, Savage (Weiner), Hannity, and the rest of the goons at Fox News and the GOP Party. All these sub-humans want to see is the destruction of America and it's government. They are treasonous little pissants that all deserve capitol punishment.

    July 15, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. amy

    Why is a crazy person like this allowed to own a gun?

    July 15, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. John from California

    So what?

    July 15, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. 60's survivor

    guns the fabric of our society!! I am so glad the democrats are in control. just wish they didn't have to appease the "right". I am so tired of their basic meaness. Obama will win in the end. he is no quitter.

    July 15, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |