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Police shoot and kill armed man near the US capitol

 
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Police shoot and kill armed man near the US capitol
WASHINGTON – A man police fatally shot in a chaotic scene near the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday fired at them and did not obey commands to put down his weapon, authorities said.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Schneider said the unidentified 35-year-old man sped away in a white car after a routine traffic stop a few blocks from the Capitol. The man drove the wrong way down a street and ultimately crashed into a police cruiser in a heavily guarded area about a block north of the Capitol grounds, striking two officers with his car along the way, she said.

The suspect began shooting at several Capitol Police officers and police returned fire, Schneider said in e-mailed news release. She described the melee as "very fast moving, very fluid."

"The officers felt they were being threatened — they were in fear for their lives," Schneider said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers who were hit — one of whom was on a motorcycle — had minor injuries, Schneider said.

The late afternoon scare occurred as lawmakers were wrapping up a third day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Police briefly sealed off part of the Capitol as a precaution, but the buildings were reopened about a half-hour later. Authorities said the shooting was not related to the Capitol complex.

"We hear pop, pop, pop, like a gun," said Carol Lanigan, of Toledo, Ohio, describing how she saw a white car come flying down the street with two police cars chasing it.

She said she heard about four or five shots.

"There were so many gunshots being fired, my family got down," said Robert Drumm of Oklahoma, who was touring the nation's capital with his family.

Numerous emergency vehicles converged quickly on the area.

Lanigan's husband, Dale Lanigan, described a similar scene, saying that as the car sped past him "the driver had one hand on the wheel and it looked like he was reaching for something."

Lanigan said he then heard shots and police ordered him to get away.
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Re: Police shoot and kill armed man near the US capitol
People are starting to reach that "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" level..
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Full ten is standard for that scenario then tell the public it was adrenaline and couldn't be helped.
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Re: Police shoot and kill armed man near the US capitol
crime in DC?
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Re: Police shoot and kill armed man near the US capitol
crime in DC?
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Yeah, it's a city just like any other. In fact, known to have a higher crime rate than most American cities generally. You'll hear more and more of this as the economy continues to tank.

Of course, Washington DC was one of the only cities in America with projected economic growth this year.
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crime in DC?
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Yeah but is there usually a lot of crime near the capitol complex.
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economic growth on the back of taxpayers
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crime in DC?

Yeah but is there usually a lot of crime near the capitol complex.
 Quoting: Reece2076


Crime is everywhere these days. Could have just been a parolee on his way across town with a bag of crack. And a traffic stop will trigger a shootout with someone like that. Hell, could have even been delivering a bag to s Senator, or some senator's kid even. Drug wars.

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When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"


-Revelation 6:5, 6:6
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crime in DC?

Yeah but is there usually a lot of crime near the capitol complex.


Crime is everywhere these days. Could have just been a parolee on his way across town with a bag of crack. And a traffic stop will trigger a shootout with someone like that. Hell, could have even been delivering a bag to s Senator, or some senator's kid even. Drug wars.
 Quoting: Jackinthebox

lol good point
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anybody know what happened?
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lol good point
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When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"


-Revelation 6:5, 6:6

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