Thursday, September 19, 2013

BBC News - Navy Yard shooting: Swat team awaits answers

BBC News - Navy Yard shooting: Swat team awaits answers

Members of an armed police squad who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday's mass shooting in Washington DC have yet to be contacted by the authorities.

The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC.

Officials on a special investigative panel convened on Wednesday have yet to approach team members.
Gunman Aaron Alexis killed 12 people.

"No-one's talked to these officers since this happened," a Capitol Police source close to the incident told the BBC.

Members of the Capitol Police's highly trained Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) are typically debriefed "right away, at the very least the following day" following an incident, another Capitol Police source said.

But four days after Monday's shooting, the officers have yet to be questioned by the department or any member of a Capitol Police Board "Fact Review Team", which was convened on Wednesday to investigate the incident.

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