Sen. Brown Statement on Reported Gun Fire on Capitol Hill

AUDIO AVAILABLE: Sen. Brown Provides Verbal Account of Today’s Incident

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was returning to his office in the Hart Senate Office Building from the U.S. Capitol. Walking outdoors alongside Constitution Avenue with Senators Robert P. Casey (D-PA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), he saw police cars rushing by, heard what sounded like shots fired, and was instructed by a Capitol Police officer to take cover behind parked cars. After a few minutes, he was instructed by Capitol Police officers to return to the Capitol Building. In response to today’s events, Brown issued the following statement:

“Today was another reminder of the bravery of police officers and first responders.  I observed Capitol Police officers rushing towards danger while instructing the rest of us to take cover. I thank them and their families for their sacrifice and my thoughts and prayers go out for their safety.”

Brown’s verbal account of today’s incident via mp4 can be downloaded on