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Armed man breaches U.S. Capitol security

September 20, 2006

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— A man with a gun in his pocket who was high on crack crashed a stolen SUV onto the U.S. Capitol grounds Monday and ran past security, charging all the way to the basement before officers grabbed him, police said.

It was the worst security breach at the Capitol since a gunman stormed the building in 1998 and killed two police officers.

Capitol Police said the man drove over a barrier and through a construction zone for a new visitor center - being built in part to beef up security after the killings eight years ago - before crashing and sprinting inside.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Chris McGaffin insisted police did their job and monitored the intruder by cameras the entire time he was in the Capitol.

"No one was hurt," he said, promising a "security assessment" in the wake of the breach.

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