A West Virginia man was arrested by US Capitol Police on Wednesday afternoon (January 27) after he parked in the middle of an intersection near the US Capitol.
The man, an unidentified 71-year-old, had a .9mm Sig Sauer handgun and 20 rounds of ammunition according to police officials.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department said officers approached the man after he parallel parked in the middle of the Second St and Washington Avenue SW intersection, just outside the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which is near the Capitol building.
According to the report the officer asked the man if there was a gun in the vehicle, the man confirmed there was a weapon in the car, telling officers it was located in the center console.
This arrest comes after the deadly Capitol attack on January 6 that left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
While hundreds of arrests have made in connection with the attack, the Department of Homeland Security released a warning that domestic terrorism remains a threat. The insurrection seen on January 6 may have even empowered white supremacist and extremist groups, prompting the DHS to release the bulletin.
The US Capitol Police Department has been under scrutiny in the weeks following the siege for the clear security failures that allowed the mob to breach the federal building. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a thorough investigation.
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