WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of drawing a BB gun at a screening checkpoint at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center has been charged with two federal offenses.
Prosecutors said Thursday in a written statement that 66-year-old Larry R. Dawson of Tennessee was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon, which carries a statutory maximum of 25 years in prison, and assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon, which carries a statutory maximum of 30 years.
Dawson was shot by police during the incident Monday and was hospitalized. He will appear in court at a later date.
The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown for about an hour Monday after the incident. A female bystander also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
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