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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.

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Police officers at the scene of a shooting on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 17, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
Categories:  The District  
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Comments

did they throw him down a stairwell first, before they "opened fire"?

Posted by: earthling | September 17, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

He was only exercising his 2nd amendment right. Until the man actually puts a bullet in the officer, there is no law broken. Intimidating others with guns is protected under the 2nd amendment now. Anyone who wants to can brandish a weapon to make their point. I don't know why the officers shot him. The man should sue the tyrranical Capitol Police. All hail conservatism.

Posted by: swatkins1 | September 18, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Great another nutjob. Seems to be very popular these days.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | September 19, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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