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Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene
By Debbie Siegelbaum, BBC News, Washington
Multiple sources in the Capitol Police department have told the BBC that its highly trained and heavily armed four-man Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) was near the Navy Yard when the initial report of an active shooter came in about 8:20 local time.
The officers, wearing full tactical gear and armed with HK-416 assault weapons, arrived outside Building 197 a few minutes later, an official with knowledge of the incident told the BBC.
According to a Capitol Police source, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington DC's main municipal force, told the Capitol Cert officers they were the only police on the site equipped with long guns and requested their help stopping the gunman.
When the Capitol Police team radioed their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.
Washington D.C. elite tactical police units were ordered to stand down while massacre took place at Navy YardSee also:
The elite 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 [...]
"A Capitol Police watch commander "wouldn't let them go in and stop people from being slaughtered," one officer told the Washington TV station [...]
"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."