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US Capitol officer suspended after accidentally firing service weapon in DC government building

A US Capitol Police officer is suspended after he accidentally fired a service weapon in the break room of the Cannon House office building in DC

  • A US Capitol Police officer has been suspended after discharging his service weapon inside a Congressional office building, authorities say.
  • The officer, who was not immediately identified, fired the weapon in the break room of the Cannon House office building Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m.
  • Sources familiar with the matter told DC’s Roll Call outlet that the download was accidental. No injuries have been reported. An investigation is underway

A US Capitol Police officer has been suspended after discharging his service weapon inside a Congressional office building, authorities say.

The officer, who was not immediately identified, fired the gun in the break room of the Cannon House office building in Washington, DC, on Tuesday morning around 8:30 am, US Capitol Police said. to DailyMail.com.

Sources familiar with the matter told the DC outlet role call that the download was accidental. No injuries were reported following the incident, cops said, adding that the officer has since been suspended.

An investigation is currently underway.

A US Capitol Police officer has been suspended after discharging his service weapon inside a Congressional office building, authorities say.  The officer, who was not immediately identified, fired the weapon in the break room of the Cannon House office building (pictured) in Washington, DC, around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning

A US Capitol Police officer has been suspended after discharging his service weapon inside a Congressional office building, authorities say. The officer, who was not immediately identified, fired the weapon in the break room of the Cannon House office building (pictured) in Washington, DC, around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning

“The Capitol Police Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the discharge of a USCP weapon inside a break room in the Cannon Office Building,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday morning after the shooting. .

“The officer has been suspended while OPR investigates the incident,” the department stated.

Police did not specify whether or not the officer’s forced leave was paid, nor did they disclose whether or not the firing was intentional.

Officials declined to comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

The incident comes as security at the US Capitol has faced scrutiny following the January 2021 riots that led to the storming of the complex’s main building.

Last month, a military parachute event at nearby MLB stadium Nationals Park inadvertently triggered a “probable threat” warning at the complex, prompting officials to issue an evacuation order.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) later issued an apology for failing to alert Capitol Police to the planned demonstration.

In January, a Michigan woman who illegally parked in front of the US Capitol Police headquarters with a loaded shotgun and three other weapons was arrested. She told police that she drove about 600 miles because she had important information about the January 6 riots.

In December, the Longworth House office building in the Capitol complex received a shelter-in-place order after a Capitol staffer brought a weapon into the building.

The staff member was accused of carrying a handgun without a license in the incident, which occurred just hours before President Biden was due to visit the complex to pay tribute to the late Sen. Bob Dole.

In October, Capitol Police detained a suspect in a “suspicious vehicle” parked near the US Supreme Court after the man failed to obey officers’ orders, prompting them to use a flashbang device to submit it.

In August, Capitol Police arrested another man who claimed to have a bomb outside the Capitol building, after a hours-long confrontation.

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