Navy Yard shooting: Capitol Police recall was due to perceived threat to Capitol
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report says a specially trained tactical Capitol Police squad was recalled from the scene of the Washington Navy Yard rampage in part because of concerns about possible threats to the U.S. Capitol.
That is according to a two-page document released Friday by a panel investigating the police agency's response to the Sept. 16 shooting. The report says the four-person unit wasn't even able to make it to the scene because of traffic.
The investigation was launched days after the shooting amid reports that a Capitol Police supervisor told a tactical response team to stand down rather than respond to the Navy Yard shooting.
The gunman, Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist and government contractor, killed 12 people inside the building where he worked before dying in a police shootout.
An investigation into the stand-down order was launched in September after the team, known as a Containment and Emergency Response Team, would have been able to respond with military-style assault weapons and body armor.