Armed man shot near U.S. Capitol
A Maryland man was shot near the Capitol about 5 a.m. Friday after allegedly brandishing a semiautomatic weapon at U.S. Capitol Police, said Terrance W. Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms.
The man, whom Gainer declined to identify, was hospitalized after being shot in the chest, leg and head, Gainer said. The officers were not injured.
A preliminary investigation shows that the man parked his personal car and approached Capitol police at a vehicle checkpoint near Washington Street and Independence avenues SW, where officers spotted the gun, said Gainer. The man ran and was located shortly afterward about a block away at Second and C streets SW by other Capitol officers, who shot the man after he would not drop his gun and threatened them, Gainer said.
The man’s motive for approaching the checkpoint remains under review, said Gainer. The man has a previous weapon violation in the District, Gainer said.
The investigation of the shooting led to some street closures during the start of the morning rush.
Sgt. Kimberly A. Schneider, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman, said Friday evening that more than one officer is on administrative leave as part of the routine action after a shooting, but declined to be more specific about how many officers were involved or how many shots had been fired.
— Mary Pat Flaherty
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