Suspect shot near Capitol identified

The U.S. Capitol Police on Saturday identified John Wesley Wheeler Jr. as the suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at police officers near the Capitol on Friday morning.

The 29-year old suspect “brandished a gun directly at officers who feared for their lives,” Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, the spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, said in a statement Saturday. “Officers fired their weapons, shooting and wounding the man who was taken to an area hospital.”

The two Capitol Police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Wheeler has been charged with assault with intent to kill; carrying a pistol without a license; unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, according to Schneider. Additional federal charges are pending, she said.

A joint investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department is continuing.

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