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Flashbang Reportedly Deployed After Suspect Tells Capitol Police “Time For Talking Is Done”

Capitol Police say they had to extract a driver from an SUV parked in front of the Supreme Court building, using a controlled detonation after he refused to leave the area, reportedly saying that the “time for talking is done.”

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 05: U.S. Capitol Police Deputy Chief of the Operational Service Bureau Jason Bell speaks during a news conference at Russell Park October 5, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. U.S. Capitol Police has detained a suspect after he illegally parked a “suspicious vehicle” near the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s still unclear what his motive was. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Capitol Police announced via social media channels Tuesday morning that they were maintaining several road closures as they investigated a suspicious vehicle parked illegally in front of the Supreme Court building.

A congressional correspondent for Bloomberg shared further information, including a warning from police that there might be a loud bang in the area as they attempted to remove the driver, who refused to talk to crisis negotiators, from the vehicle, and a statement from Capitol Police Deputy Chief Jason Bell simply saying that the investigation is ongoing, that no weapons had been found in the vehicle, but that it was being treated as a crime scene, and that more information will be released as available.

Capitol Police later released a short statement identifying the suspect:

The suspect has been identified as Dale Paul Melvin (DOB: 9/4/66) of Kimball, MI.

WUSA9 carried a video of the press conference, which lasted about three minutes and only affirmed the basic information: that the suspect had been parked illegally, had said something to the effect of “the time for talking is done” when officers approached him to move the vehicle, and that he was extracted and arrested and the investigation is still ongoing.



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