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Man Lobs Molotov Cocktail At US Capitol Police

Washington, DC – Two U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers were injured on Wednesday when a man lobbed a Molotov cocktail at them near Union Station.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on July 6 when USCP officers responded to a 911 call about a man who had Molotov cocktails on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, just west of North Capitol Street, according to a press release from the police department.

When officers approached the suspect, who was trying to light one of the incendiary devices in his possession, the man threw one of the glass bottles at them.

The suspect tried to flee but the officers quickly nabbed him, according to the press release.

USCP said the suspect dropped the other Molotov cocktail he had been holding when he was taken into custody.

Officials said the USCP Hazardous Material Response Team responded to the scene and determined that the tequila bottle stuffed with a sock the suspect had carried was filled with a petroleum-based accelerant, the press release read.

“Both of our officers were treated for minor injuries,” USCP Acting Assistant Chief for Uniformed Operations Sean Gallagher said.

Thankfully they are going to be okay,” Assistant Chief Gallagher said. “We appreciate their quick action that, without a doubt, kept the community safer.”

Police recovered a backpack at the scene that contained two other bottles believed to be incendiary devices, according to the USCP press release.

Officials said there was no indication that the suspect – later identified as 26-year-old Bernard McCutcheon of the District of Columbia – was targeting the U.S. Capitol or lawmakers, nor was he believed to have been involved in any of the protests happening in the nearby area.

USCP said McCutcheon was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, possession of a Molotov cocktail, and assault with a deadly weapon.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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