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Jumper at Senate office talked down peacefully
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Published: Monday July 21, 2008

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CBS News:

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"An unidentified man is threatening to jump off the seventh floor of the atrium inside the Hart Senate Office Building. The Capitol Police have sealed off the area and are trying to talk the man off the railing, according to Senate sources.

"The man's identity is unknown but the Capitol Police are reportedly searching for the a Chinese translator... Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) office is on the seventh floor of the Hart Building."

Update: Roll Call (registration required) ...

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"A crisis negotiator is on the scene, as are officers from the Metropolitan Police Department and D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Schneider said. Three men in white coats could also be seen on the atrium floor.

"Dozens of Capitol Police officers have also flooded the building, which is enveloped in an eerie quietness, while staffers continue to leave for the day as if nothing extraordinary is happening."

Update: The Hill ...

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"Police have dealt with the man previously... declined to comment further until the situation was resolved."

"Police have closed the atrium but have not called for an evacuation."

Update: CBS News ...

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"Update 3: A translator has been found and is talking to the man now.

"Update 4: Capitol Police have now removed all reporters from the Hart Building, saying the Senate has adjourned and the building is officially closed. A press conference is scheduled shortly."

Update: The Hill ...

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"At 10:00 pm, Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider sent out the following information: No changes. Individual remains on the 7th floor railing of the Hart Bldg. USCP Crisis Negotiation Team along with language translators continue to talk to him and work to bring this to a safe conclusion."

Update: AHN ...

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"A man threatening to jump off the seventh floor of the Hart Senate office building was taken into custody by Capitol police early Tuesday morning after eight hours of negotiations."

 
 


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