2 charges for man accused of drawing BB gun at Capitol


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.