Negotiations with a man holding a semblance of a detonator in his hands began near the Library of Congress in Washington. The agency said in a statement on Twitter.
The man is the driver who had earlier told law enforcement that there was a bomb in his car, which was parked near the Library of Congress. Now, police have identified the man, and their motives are being investigated. A police spokesman also said that officers had evacuated people from several nearby buildings, while Congressional staff is on leave.
The scene on NJ & D SE.— Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) August 19, 2021
MPD Special Operations is assisting USCP. You can see a heavily armed officer with a gas mask in this video. Dozens of construction workers ran out of the buildings. pic.twitter.com/66itAq4ZI6
Earlier, it became known about a suspicious vehicle that was parked outside the Library of Congress building. Capitol Police declared a bomb threat, cordoned off the surrounding area, and asked the public and journalists to avoid approaching the scene. Specialists were dispatched to the vehicle to determine the circumstances.
On May 4, an unidentified man attempted to drive a vehicle onto the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Armed guards stopped the intruder without opening fire. The officers talked to the American and persuaded him to abandon his criminal intentions.