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US Capitol goes under brief lockdown after staffer caught with gun in bag

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US Capitol Police on duty.

US: US Capitol Police arrested a congressional staffer on Thursday after he walked into a legislative building with a gun in his bag, leading to a brief lockdown in a Capitol Hill complex still on edge nearly a year after a deadly insurrection.

Police said that Jeffrey Allsbrooks (57) was taken into custody about four minutes after he entered the Longworth House Office Building. Capitol Police said that officers who were stationed at a security screening checkpoint at one of the building’s doors “spotted an image of a handgun in a bag on the X-ray screen”.

The lockdown was lifted about nine minutes later. Allsbrooks was arrested on a charge of carrying a pistol without a license. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

The arrest comes as Capitol Police track an unprecedented number of threats against lawmakers, thousands more than just a few years ago.

In an interview with The Associated Press in September, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger predicted authorities would respond to close to 9,000 threats against members of Congress in 2021 — more than 4,100 had been reported from January to March.


Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 01:00

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