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Police Shoot Man Near U.S. Capitol

Police Shoot Man Near U.S. Capitol

Police are investigating the circumstances of a man shot by U.S. Capitol Police near the Capitol. (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)

September 17, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Capitol Police shot a man with a gun just a few blocks from the Capitol.

The man was shot behind the Department of Health and Human Services building, authorities say. The shooting occurred across from the Rayburn building.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says a lookout went out around 5 a.m. Friday for a man with a gun.

The man with the weapon threatened officers at the corner of 2nd and C streets Southwest.

“The weapon was brandished directly at the officers,” Schneider says.

Fearing for their lives, Schneider says the officers opened fire, shooting the man in the abdomen.

At a morning news conference, Schneider would not say whether police ordered the man to put down the gun.

The man, who did not have any identification on him, was taken to the hospital. His condition is not immediately known.

No one else was hurt.

The police investigation has closed some Capitol Hill streets, including Second Street between Washington Avenue, SW and C Street, SW.

The U.S. Capitol Police Department is being assisted by the Metropolitan Police Department.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

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