|United States Capitol Police
||Chief Terrance W. Gainer
|Public Information Office
|119 D Street, NE
|Washington, D.C. 20510
Gun In Cannon House Office Building
At approximately 1 p.m. today, the United States
Capitol Police determined that someone with a gun had entered
the Cannon House Office Building. After a thorough investigation,
it was determined that the gun was a plastic toy revolver
that was part of a Halloween costume.
The incident began when someone placed a bag
containing what appeared to be a revolver on the x-ray machine
at the Southeast door of the Cannon building. "Once the suspect
weapon was recognized, we took quick, decisive, and protective
action" stated Chief Gainer. The decision was made to prohibit
the entering or exiting of the building as officers began
a search. As individual floors were searched, occupants were
advised to vacate to a lower floor.
During this time and while maintaining security
throughout the Campus, the Department activated many of its
resources to include the Containment Emergency Response Team,
K-9, investigators and additional officers.
The initial lookout was reported as a white
male, carrying a black and gray backpack, but further investigation
revealed that the individual who put the bag on the conveyor
belt was a white female. Once the broadcast for the female
was publicized, an individual from a Congressional Office
contacted Capitol Police. The individual advised that a member
of the staff believed that the gun in question - a plastic
toy gun - was in her possession as part of a Halloween costume
that she had just purchased.
Once Capitol Police confirmed that it was in
fact the gun in question, all doors were reopened and business
returned to normal operations.
"Fortunately, it wasn’t a real gun. We’ve learned
a few lessons and will improve our techniques including the
speed at which items pass through the x-ray machine and are
returned to their owner along with communications to the Congressional
community", noted Chief Gainer.
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||Officer Jessica Gissubel
||United States Capitol Police
||Public Information Officer