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Posted at 7:16 PM ET, 03/ 4/2010

2 police officers shot at Pentagon entrance

By Terri Rupar

Updated, 7:50 p.m.
Chris Layman, a spokesman for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said the 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 injuries are more serious.

Layman declined to speculate on a motive.

UPDATED, 7:35 p.m.
Layman said the two people shot are Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officers. He was not certain of their condition. He said they have one person in custody.

UPDATED, 7:22 p.m.

Arlington Det. Crystal Nosal, a spokeswoman for Arlington Police said two or three people have been shot outside the Pentagon Metro.. She did not know the extent of the injuries. She said Pentagon police are handling the situation.

EARLIER:
The Pentagon Metro station is closed due to a "police situation," according to wmata.com.

Riders are being told to expect delays on the Blue and Yellow lines.

WUSA9 is reporting there was a shooting. More details are forthcoming.

--Allison Klein

By Terri Rupar  | March 4, 2010; 7:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

Sorry to hear there's a shooting, but does that mean that the trains are still running through the station but not stopping, or does that mean everyone has to get off and take a shuttle bus?

Posted by: whyohwhy1 | March 4, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

WTOP.com says that "Trains are no longer stopping at the station." and "Metro is in the process of coordinating shuttle buses around the station."

Posted by: EnjoyEverySandwich | March 4, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

whyohwhy, it's my understanding via Twitter and UnsuckDCMetro that trains are running through the Pentagon station, but not stopping.

Posted by: MelissaMsK | March 4, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

A little more info? Saw a flash saying Pentgaon in lock down.

If the shots were outside the station - does that mean INSIDE the pentagon?
(I've never exited a train there - so I don't know if it exits INSIDE the pentagon.

Posted by: Justice26 | March 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The metro station with the most cops standing around doing nothing is the one where multiple people get shot. Good ol' Pentagon Police.

Posted by: tristesse27 | March 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Terrorism?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 4, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Even on 9/11, Metro trains ran thru the station, without stopping.

Posted by: capitolhilldc | March 4, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

God bless the 2 officers!

Posted by: houston123 | March 4, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it was at the bus stops, from the video I saw.

Posted by: hitpoints | March 4, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

@Justice26 - Yes, the building was on lockdown. I'm inside and we just got the ok to leave. However, we have to walk to Pentagon City and catch Metro buses. Nice evening 4 it I suppose. Hope the officers r ok.

Posted by: pvh1 | March 4, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

WaPo, I understand the need for advertising on your site, but to run an ad on a breaking news page, where readers have to take another step to get to the story, is not reasonable.

Posted by: Missy1998 | March 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The metro station with the most cops standing around doing nothing is the one where multiple people get shot. Good ol' Pentagon Police.

Posted by: tristesse27 | March 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice touch. Two officers are shot in the line of duty and this is your response? Sad.

Posted by: ajaxthewonderdog | March 4, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to the officers. Any time a person in uniform is injured protecting the public, we all suffer.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 4, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, in other clues of the news, the United States Federal Courts are denying American citizens that are pro se litigants their constitional rights to due process of law and equal protection of the law, didn't hear much about that today in the news either, but it happened!-MICHAEL E. MCKINZY, SR.-03-04-2010-BORN TO DO BATTLE, DRAFTED AT BIRTH.

Posted by: mckinzymichael | March 4, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

So, why is this news? We're talking Virginia here people, where gun toting nutters can have a nightcap, or ten, at the local pub.

Posted by: Tess6 | March 4, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@ pvh1 - thanks.

Does this metro station only have access from inside the pentagon?

Posted by: Justice26 | March 4, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"Does this metro station only have access from inside the pentagon?"

The metro station is not inside the pentagon. The escalator puts you close to where the buses stop.

Posted by: FinancialWatchdog | March 4, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@Tess, I think you need to put aside your emotions and look at facts. The amount of gun-related violence in D.C. is enormous in comparison to Arlington and the rest of Northern Virginia. "Gun toting nutters?" Wow, still fighting the Civil War, are we?

Posted by: 123home123 | March 4, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@Justice26, there used to be an escalator from the station up into the building but that was sealed off after 9/11.

Posted by: 123home123 | March 4, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering if this idiot was Islamic? Or was this idiot just a Darwin Award contestant??

Posted by: FairTaxEd | March 4, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse


So, why is this news? We're talking Virginia here people, where gun toting nutters can have a nightcap, or ten, at the local pub.

Posted by: Tess6 | March 4, 2010 8:11 PM
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It is news, pinhead, because it is happening in Virginia. If it was in DC or PG County, it would hardly be Breaking News on CNN and other outlets. It would be just another day in the 'hood.

Posted by: hisroc | March 4, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

thanks - i always wondered whether it was enclosed and whether you could access it - as a member of the public.

FairTaxEd - it does make one wonder. It would seem that of all places the military locations should be safer (Ft. Hood?)

Posted by: Justice26 | March 4, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I was waiting for my bus at 6:35 this evening when I heard a loud pop or two, which I instinctively thought was construction noise. Then it was followed by more pops which sounded like fireworks and then silence. It's only when I heard yelling and saw officers with guns drawn did I realize that it was gunfire that I had heard. It was a very scary few minutes because no one knew what was going on and there were cops running around with weapons drawn. I didn't know if it was an attempted act of terrorism or something else.

Within literally one minute, there were sirens and police cars swarming everywhere and some officers came and told all of us waiting at the bus stops that we had to move away, which everyone did quickly and orderly. I walked to Pentagon City, and I was mercifully able to catch my bus from there.

My condolences to the officers injured and to their families and I hope they pull through. I can definitely say that the first responders were very quick and we should all be grateful to people like that who rush into a very, very dangerous situations. Sometimes it is easy to forget just how dangerous a police officer's job can be. Thank you to all people who have jobs like that to keep everyone safe.

Posted by: Nixonin08 | March 4, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Such sad news. Hopefully the 2 police officers will make a speedy full recovery.

Let me just make this clear: there's no Metro station inside the Pentagon! That would be insane! Terrorists would be lining up to attack the building via the Metro.

Posted by: trueredskinsfan | March 4, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Any more information on the suspect?

Posted by: good1 | March 4, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

+++++So, why is this news? We're talking Virginia here people, where gun toting nutters can have a nightcap, or ten, at the local pub.

Posted by: Tess6 | March 4, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse +++++++

The real news would be if you said something semi-intelligent. I wouldn't expect anything anytime soon.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 4, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

NRA, Good Job Guys! You win another round. Keep it up and maybe you will get shot yourself.

Posted by: larry9 | March 4, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse


God bless these brave officers and their families.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 4, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The Pentagon 10,000,000,000, Freedom Fighters 2.

Posted by: fudador | March 4, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Was this another sick tea party person who couldn't find a plane?

Posted by: revbookburn | March 4, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

How could this happen in Washington DC that outlawed firearms years ago, and has over 30 agencies with police powers licensed to carry guns with authority to use deadly force to stop crime?

Posted by: mlstoianoff | March 4, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Who are the facile nitwits who are talking about politics and casting blame on the NRA at a time like this? Shame on you.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 4, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

revbookburn, go to your farrakhan -rev. wright racist hatefest tomorrow. idiot.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 4, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope the Supreme Court makes it easier to carry guns in every state as it will make me feel so much safer.

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 4, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

the perps name could be muhammed, wearing a durbin , be on the no-fly list , and obama will tell us not to jump to conclusions.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 4, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse


The Pentagon is in Virginia, a state in which it is quite easy to purchase guns. Before you post again, you might be mindful of the old adage that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
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How could this happen in Washington DC that outlawed firearms years ago, and has over 30 agencies with police powers licensed to carry guns with authority to use deadly force to stop crime?

Posted by: mlstoianoff | March 4, 2010

Posted by: Bob22003 | March 4, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Tea Baggers attack the Pentagon.

Posted by: MarkinJC | March 4, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

markinjc, didn't know gay people were this violent.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 4, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

screwjob11,

The sissified gun haters don't relate to logic. It will make no difference to these wusses when it comes out that the shooter had no carry card and, probably, had not legally purchased his weapon. They want to disarm everyone so that somehow in the little alternative universe that they live it, even criminals won't have guns.

God bless the two officers and their families. May they make a swift recovery with no permanent injuries.

Hopefully, the shooter is bleeding to death on an OR table as we speak.

Posted by: hisroc | March 4, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Most of the security guards are fat minorities on their cell phones. I actually saw a woman watching a dvd player one morning. I'm surprised they knew how to fire their weapon!

Posted by: ItsOver2 | March 4, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear that the wounded officers are in better shape than the shooter.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

There have been very few facts released about the circumstances of the shooting and the identity of the suspect and the liberal gun control freaks are already blaming the NRA, the Tea Party movement and the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It could have just as easily been a liberal who hates the military who fired at the two officers, in fact, it is probably much more likely. Personally, I wish the best for the two wounded officers. I have entered the Pentagon via that particular Metro station myself. I am thankful that we have vigilant men and women protecting it.

Posted by: honorswar26 | March 4, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

This must! Be one person with a very big death wish. There's no way, he'd win at that place.

Posted by: wmurphy1 | March 4, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Shooter identified as John Patrick Bedell, age 36.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 4, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the political meatheads proving my point yet again. Human life is no matter when political points can be made.

And for those that are using their anti-gun rants against the state of Virginia, yes, the Pentagon is in VA. But, where is the Holocaust Museum? And where was Gilbert Arenas storing his guns at? Terrorists have such short-term memory issues and geography problems. When it doesn't involve Democrats or Republicans, you folks have no mental capacity whatsoever.

Screwjob, if there were more people like you, this country would be a much better place. Unfortunately these message boards prove how far down this country has fallen. The terrorists are running the show.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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