*This story is developing and will be updated as more information become available*
On Thursday morning police responded to a possible bomb threat near the United States Capitol. Police reportedly are investigating a pickup truck near the Library of Congress containing a suspicious item.
Currently, the area is under an active bomb threat investigation and multiple buildings are being evacuated.
NOW: The USCP is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress.
Please stay away from this area and follow this account for the latest information. pic.twitter.com/LMBYBTJn4t
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) August 19, 2021
According to Fox News:
Aaron Fritschner, communications director for Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va), shared on Twitter screenshots of message alerts he had received from the police agency. One message sent at 9:53 a.m. states, “Madison: Internal Security Threat: move inside office/lock doors, seek cover, and remain silent.”
A subsequent message states: “Jefferson: EVACUATE. Proceed to your designated assembly area. DO NOT exit out of the west side (First Street) of the building.”
A security situation may be unfolding outside the Library of Congress— these are the kind of alerts we get when it’s the real thing pic.twitter.com/g0EDPfIJB2
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) August 19, 2021
Many lawmakers are currently out of Washington, D.C. for August recess.
New reports from CNN say that a man inside of the vehicle and is communicating with police by using a whiteboard. The truck has no license plates.
The man has reportedly told the officer he has a bomb on the truck. (per The Hill)
“The driver of the truck told the responding officer on the scene that he had a bomb and what the officer said appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand,” Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said during a brief press conference.
“We don’t know a whole lot. We do have a possible name, an identity of the suspect but we don’t have much information at all about him at this time. We’re going to give periodic updates,” Manger said.
“My negotiators are hard at work trying to have a peaceful resolution to this incident,” he said.
Police eventually took the man into custody Thursday afternoon.