WASHINGTON -- An armed man ran through the Capitol after crashing his vehicle on the Capitol grounds yesterday in the worst breach of security since a gunman killed two police officers in 1998.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Christopher McGaffin identified the intruder as Carlos Greene, 20, of Silver Spring, Md. He said Greene, tackled after a foot chase through the Capitol, was armed with a loaded handgun and had crack cocaine in his possession.
Greene appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and ``exhibited signs of seizure," McGaffin said. He was taken to Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Police planned to charge him with federal felony possession and assault of a police officer, McGaffin said.
He said Greene, driving a sport utility vehicle stolen earlier in the day, slammed into a police vehicle blocking an entrance to a major construction site on the Capitol's east side, across from the Supreme Court.
Greene drove into the site, stopping at a skylight for the new Capitol Visitors Center, which opens next year, McGaffin said, adding that Greene bolted up the Capitol steps and entered the building through a third-floor construction door. He made his way to the basement on the opposite side of the building before being subdued by police.
The incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m., and the Capitol was locked down for about an hour
The visitors' center is being built in part to provide an extra layer of security before people enter the Capitol, following the 1998 shooting deaths of two Capitol police officers.
Security increased significantly after that shooting and again after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
McGaffin defended a delay of more than nine hours before police released any official details of the intrusion. He said he wanted to ensure that the security needs of the complex were addressed.