09/20/2006

Acting Capitol chief: Security breach was 'unacceptable'

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON- The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol police says Monday's security breach was "unacceptable."

Police say an armed man crashed his SUV through a barricade, then ran inside the building before officers caught him in the basement. The suspect, 20-year-old Carlos Greene of Silver Spring, faces federal charges of felony possession of a handgun and assault of a police officer. He's hospitalized at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Christopher McGaffin calls it an unfortunate breach of security - the worst since a gunman killed two police officers in 1998.

McGaffin says the intruder got in through an access point that must be available to construction vehicles. He says layers of security should have prevented that.

He did praise the officers who caught the man inside the building, but he says there will be a review of security measures and protocols.

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