The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a report that its elite tactical team was abruptly recalled from responding to Monday’s Navy Yard shooting massacre before D.C. Metropolitan Police officers confronted the shooter, reports USA Today. Two local police officers entered the Navy Yard without the Capitol Police team and one was wounded by the gunman, Aaron Alexis.
The Capitol Police Containment & Emergency Response Team is based just a few blocks from the Navy Yard. A law enforcement source told WUSA-TV the unit was less than 30 seconds from the gate and responded as Metropolitan Police pleaded for help. A Capitol Police watch commander “wouldn’t let them go in and stop people from being slaughtered,” one officer told the Washington TV station. “We were definitely the closest tactical team in the city,” the unidentified officer said. “It was at the scene very early on, within a couple of minutes. They were ordered to disengage and turn back. For what reason, we don’t know.”