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Pentagon Station closed into Friday

11 p.m. Update: Metro said that the Pentagon Metrorail station and TransitCenter were closed just before 10 p.m. tonight and will stay closed into Friday. Trains will go through the Pentagon station but won't stop for passengers. WMATA said this is so the FBI can investigate after the shooting.

Metro said it isn't sure when the station or Transit Center will reopen. Buses that usually stop there will stop at the Pentagon City Metro station on South Hayes Street.

9:30 p.m. Update: Sutherland told The Post's Josh White that he expects the Metro station and Pentagon lots to be open and operating as normal on Friday. The Pentagon's Metro entrance could still be closed for the investigation.

9:20 pm. Update: The spot where the man shot officers is outside the Pentagon's Metro entrance and just above the Metro station's escalators. Officers regularly man a checkpoint just outside the doors, where people must show a pass or present ID to continue inside.

Thousands of people pass the spot daily, and the officers present "the first line of defense" for the Pentagon, said Terrance P. Sutherland, chief spokesman for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. "That is what they are there for."

Officials said the officers' training worked as it was supposed to. The man did not advance past the officers and did not injure civilians or Pentagon staff.

-- Josh White

8:25 p.m. Update: Metro reports that Pentagon Station and Pentagon Transit Center have both reopened. Officials determined that the suspicious packages were not dangerous, Metro said.

The upper-level bus bays of the Pentagon Transit Center remain closed while police investigate. All buses are servicing the center from the lower level.

The south entrance of the Pentagon Metrorail station remains closed. The north entrance is open and trains are stopping at the platform, Metro said.

More from Metro on the layout at the station:

"The Pentagon Metrorail station has two banks of entryway escalators that lead to the underground station, with one of the Pentagon building's entrances located between the rail station's entrances. The preliminary report is that the incident took place along the sidewalk adjacent to the station and building entrances, not at the bus bays. Pentagon officials are the lead investigators."

Original post: The Pentagon Metrorail station and Pentagon Transit Center are closed while Pentagon officials investigate a shooting outside the station and suspicious packages outside the station, according to a Metro statement. The statement said trains are passing through the rail station, serviced by the Blue and Yellow lines, without stopping.

Chris Layman, a spokesman for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said a suspect walked up to the main entrance of the Pentagon at 6:40 p.m. and opened fire. He hit two officers, both of whom have injuries that are not life-threatening. The officers fired back, and the suspect was hit. His injures are more serious.

For the latest on the shooting, please visit our breaking news blog, Post Now.

Buses are picking up and discharging passengers at the sidewalk near the Pentagon City Metrorail station at South Hayes Street in Arlington.

According to Metro:

"Customers who usually exit the Pentagon Metrorail station to catch a bus should instead exit at the Pentagon City Metrorail station and look for their bus along South Hayes Street. Customers who usually exit their bus at the Pentagon to catch a train should exit their bus at Pentagon City Metrorail station."

Metro's disruption page reports that the following bus routes are affected: 10A, 13A, 13B, 16A, 16B, 16D, 16E, 16F, 16J, 16L, 16P, 17A, 17B, 17F, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18G, 18H, 18P, 21A, 21B and 22A.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 4, 2010; 7:51 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: Metro  
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I'm very happy that the officers were not seriously hurt and that they stopped this clown without injury to others. They did a great job and deserve our praises.

But I see no reason to close the entire Pentagon metro station. There are two entrances to the station, this happened near the top of one set of escalators. There is another set quite a distance away from this set. The event happened at 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Clearly the FBI would have had enough time in the ensuing 12 hours to gather any physical evidence they needed to investigate this incident. Plus that area could easily be blocked off without interfering with the other entrance to the station. I think this is over reaction on the FBI's part.

Had this happened at say the Anacostia metro station, the police would have wrapped up their work in about a couple of hours and the station wouldn't even have closed. Why inconvenience tens of thousands of commuters when it's not necessary at all? Simply because they can.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | March 5, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Well said, DLPeters.

While I understand the gravity of the situation last night, I do NOT understand Metro's rationale for reopening, then closing the station hours later.

Prior to being dropped off at Pentagon City about 9:40 p.m., I'd confirmed that the station was open and I would be able to take the Yellow Line into D.C. But just moments after I entered the station, we were told that the Pentagon stop had been closed again, so I was stuck.

I elected not to wait on the promised shuttle and took a cab home, but if Metro had kept the station closed, I would have taken the Orange Line and avoided the whole mess (and saved $11).

Here's hoping (but not expecting) that transit authorities will do a better job next time there is an emergency...

Posted by: DCSteve1 | March 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't the whole system closed? If the second entrance is a threat, isn't every Metro station entrance a threat? Close them all, run in fear!

Posted by: member5 | March 5, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

DC could have gotten onto a Yellow Line at Pentagon City. Trains are running through Pentagon, just not stopping there.

Posted by: thetan | March 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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