On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Capitol Police apprehended a man carrying an AR-15 rifle near the Capitol grounds. After receiving an urgent emergency alert, the suspect was arrested on the Senate side of the Capitol.
“USCP Officers just arrested a man with a gun in the park across from Union Station. At this time we have no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat.
We are working to gather more information and will put out more details when they are confirmed,” the U.S. Capitol Police announced on X.
USCP Officers just arrested a man with a gun in the park across from Union Station. At this time we have no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat. We are working to gather more information and will put out more details when they are confirmed.
— The U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) November 7, 2023
After an officer initiated a standoff with the suspect, who was described as a black male wearing a bright orange tracksuit, they reportedly tasered him and took him away in an ambulance.
The motives of the suspect remain unknown at this time. Witnesses on the scene were able to capture video footage of the incident.
The already tense atmosphere intensified as Capitol Police responded to a suspicious package located in the upper Senate Park area.
People were asked to stay away from the area, which includes Columbus Circle situated between the Capitol and Union Station, until more information was released.
Daily Mail reported:
The U.S. Capitol Police also said it is responding to a ‘suspicious package’ in the upper Senate park area.
Staff and pedestrians were advised to avoid the area until more information is known.
The police activity is around Columbus Circle, which is between the Capitol and Union Station.
It is less than a half mile walk from Union Station to the Senate side of the Capitol complex.
Around 1:00 p.m. ET, an all-clear was issued and doors to the Senate complex were re-opened.
Members of Congress are in the Capitol today and working from their office buildings on either side of the complex.