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Capitol Hill staff member with gun is arrested at Longworth House Office Building, police say

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 12/9/2021 Peter Hermann, Paul Duggan
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A Capitol Hill staff member was arrested Thursday morning in the Longworth House Office Building after police said he passed through a security checkpoint with a loaded handgun in his backpack and continued into the building, prompting a brief lockdown while officers searched for him.

The staffer, identified as Jeffrey L. Allsbrooks, entered the building at 7:43 a.m. and walked through a magnetometer while his backpack was conveyed through an X-ray screening machine, U.S. Capitol Police said in a court affidavit. Before an officer noticed the X-ray image of the handgun, the affidavit says, Allsbrooks had “collected his belongings” and proceeded into the building.

The building “was then placed on a stay in place lockdown” while officers “began to canvass the immediate area” looking for him, the affidavit says. In a statement issued Friday, police said he was tracked down 12 minutes later. The affidavit says officers saw him when he “began walking back towards the screening area.” Capitol Police on Thursday had initially put the time at four minutes.

Police said the department is “looking into what happened.” The delay prompted a brief security alert in which authorities told building occupants to shelter in their offices, “close, lock and stay away from external doors,” or seek cover in a public area.


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In the statement and affidavit, police said Allsbrooks, 57, showed them a valid Virginia permit to carry a concealed handgun, issued by Henrico County Circuit Court, and said he had inadvertently left the Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistol in his backpack when he came to work Thursday. The gun was loaded with 14 bullets, according to police.

The D.C. attorney general’s office said Allsbrooks, a staff member in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm in the District and unlawful possession of ammunition, both misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail upon conviction.

It was not immediately clear whether Allsbrooks is represented by an attorney or entered a plea in D.C. Superior Court. He was released, and his case is scheduled for a status hearing Feb. 9, the attorney general’s office said. There was no answer Thursday evening at numbers listed for Allsbrooks.

The chief administrative office has about 700 employees who provide support and oversee day-to-day operations for House members, in areas including payroll, office furniture and technical support. Allsbrooks is a logistics manager, according to the office’s most recently updated records.

A spokesman for the office, David O’Boyle, declined to comment on the incident or on Allsbrooks’s job status after his arrest.

Mike DeBonis contributed to this report.

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