December 16, 2010
The Capitol was locked down briefly today due to an incident in which Capitol police took a man initially reported to be armed into custody outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The incident caused Capitol Police to shut down entrances and instruct members and staffers to remain in their offices at around 11:30 a.m. The lock-down, lifted just minutes later, caused a brief interruption on the Senate floor, when officers positioned themselves by chamber entrances. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., noted the disturbance before continuing remarks on the New START treaty. Capitol Police said in a statement that there had been a report of a man with a gun near 1st St. and Constitution Ave. N.E. and a suspect was in custody.