WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police say they have arrested a Kansas man trying to enter a House office building with an unloaded gun.
Lt. Kimberly Schneider says police arrested Joshua Wheeler of Atchison, Kansas, Monday morning as he entered the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The 25-year-old Wheeler allegedly was carrying an unloaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun. Schneider says he was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and an unregistered firearm and was taken into custody.
Wheeler was a summer intern for Rep. Lynn Jenkins. He began working for Rep. Jenkins on May 18.
“It is our current understanding this was an accident and we are in full cooperation with Capitol Police to resolve the situation,” said Tom Brandt, a spokesperson for Rep. Jenkins. “Mr. Wheeler used poor judgement and was immediately placed on temporary leave as soon as we were informed of the arrest.”