U.S. Capitol Shooting Suspect Officially Charged

Posted at 4:57 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 18:04:14-04

The Antioch man who pointed a gun at officers at the U.S. Capitol visitor’s center has been charged.

Larry Dawson was charged with 2 federal crimes surrounding Monday’s incident. He was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon and assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon.

The 66-year-old was stopped by capitol police when he set off a metal detector at the visitor's center.

Investigators said that's when Dawson reached into his waistband and pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun and threw an officer's hand-held metal detector to the floor.

According to an affidavit, Dawson pointed the gun at an officer and refused to lower it prompting police to open fire.

Dawson was immediately taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds.

When police recovered Dawson's weapon, they found it was actually a spring-loaded BB gun.