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Posted at 6:35 PM ET, 09/18/2010

Man shot by Capitol Police ID'd

By Luke Rosiak

John Wesley Wheeler Jr., 29, of Suitland, was the man shot and wounded Friday near the U.S. Capitol after he allegedly brandished a gun at two Capitol Police officers who told investigators they feared for their lives and shot Wheeler, a police spokeswoman said.

Wheeler was charged Saturday with assault with intent to kill and firearms violations in the incident that occurred about 5 a.m. Friday near 2nd and C streets SW, according to Sgt Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police.

Wheeler initially pointed a handgun at a Capitol officer sitting in a scout car at a checkpoint at Washington and Independence avenues, SW, Schneider said. She said Wheeler ran and was shot about a block away by officers responding to a lookout.
Both officers in the shooting are on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident, Schneider said.

Online court records for D.C. Superior Court show a John Wesley Wheeler charged in August in the District with carrying a pistol without a license who had failed to appear for a morning arraignment scheduled for Sept.15. The records show a bench warrant was issued. Terrance W. Gainer, the Senate Sergeant at arms, said that is the same defendant accused in the Capitol Hill case.

— Mary Pat Flaherty

By Luke Rosiak  | September 18, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Why is the the Senate Sergeant at arms giving out infomation about a crime that didn't occur within the Capital? Is he in charge of the Capitol Police?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 18, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Because he had a long career as a Vietnam veteran, then a police officer, then the chief of the Capitol Police until 2006, when he became Sergeant at Arms, which is, I would guess, a ceremonial precursor to eventual retirement.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | September 19, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

The Senate Sergeant at Arms is a member of the Capitol Police Board, which maintains jurisdiction over the U.S. Capitol Police. See

Posted by: copsister | September 19, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

How does a man "running away" pose a threat to officers still sitting in a stationery patrol car? These officers were most likely bored sitting in their car that morning, were incensed that this man point a gun at them taunting them and at that point got angry chased this man down and shot him unnecessarily!!! So much for law enforcement and serving the community -- this man obviously had some mental problems brandishing a gun in front of idle police officers sitting in a patrol car in SW DC at 5am in the morning. I am certain "real men" could have retrieved the gun from this man without shooting him, but police are usually former soldiers trained to shoot to kill -- some much for community policing. This man was so lucky that he wasn't killed because they certainly would be claiming self defense -- translated in police cover you a.... by saying their lives were threatened by his actions -- what actions "his running away from the police car" containing these officers. Unbelievable officers.............

Posted by: hotezzy | September 19, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Why is the the Senate Sergeant at arms giving out infomation about a crime that didn't occur within the Capital? Is he in charge of the Capitol Police?"

The Capitol Police have jurisdiction beyond the Capitol building, roughly encompassing the area bounded by 3rd St on the west, Mass Ave on the north, 3rd St on the east, and E St. to the south.

Posted by: maus92 | September 19, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

hotezzy, would YOU like to be the "real man" police officer who disarms a mentally unstable, armed man brandishing a potentially loaded weapon? How exactly would you do that? Would you get out of the squad car and expose yourself more to his potential shot at you? If you're not willing to do this, you shouldn't be criticizing the officers who were faced with a life-and-death situation.

Posted by: jiggs1000 | September 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

hotezzy, when dealing with an individual who brandishes a fire arm at you, you must assume that the person is a threat to your life and that of others. If the person runs and refuses to stop and drop their weapon as directed by an officer, the officers have no other choice but to act. Thus they potentially protect the innocent citizen walking by who gets caught in the middle of the situation. In a random moment like that which occurred, there is no time guess what the person's motive is or what their mental state is. The situation must be brought to a close as quickly as possible to prevent the injury or death of the officer or the innocent.

Posted by: JorgeGortex | September 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Hotezzy... honey tell you what you go take a gun from someone who may be crackers. As an officer I am telling you know, I will never take the risk of getting killed because of someone who may or may not have a mental issue. Double tap all the way. Say it's harsh but in these last days people have no problem taking another's life. I am trying to go home at the end of my shift.So be it.

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Posted by: strade80 | September 19, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Hotezzy clearly is a man who has never done anything to protect himself or others from a dangerous situation. People like Hotzzey obviously take pleasure in sitting on their butts at home, watching the news, and criticizing police officers. Until you get shot at by a suspect in the line of duty (as I have), you have no business speaking about the topic. You should go to Best Buy, purchase one of those 3rd Person Shooting Games (like Hailo, or Metal of Honor,) and pretend to be something that your DNA doesent allow you to be... (A hero.) I am a veteran of Law Enforcement and instead of rushing to the defense of the officers, I think it's important to wait until the investigation is finished before being critical.... Hotzzey isn't interested in the facts though.....He is probably related to the suspect, and is just hunting for a quick law suit so that he and his family never have to work again.... The truth is.... Hotzzey needs people like me in the world. He needs people to protect his family when he is too affraid to. He needs people to run to a dangerous situation while he makes a B-line for the exit.... People like Hotzzey aren't sophisticated.... Lets not waste anymore of our time folks.

Posted by: buckshot5050 | September 19, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Probably a Tea Party member.

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 19, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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