Washington Navy Yard shooting: Capitol Police to review responseWashington DC's Capitol Police have ordered a review into a BBC report that an armed police team was ordered not to respond to Monday's mass shooting.
A tactical response team from the force was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, police sources told the BBC.
The Capitol Police sources suggest they could have saved lives had they been allowed to go in.
Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.
"I don't think it's a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.
In a statement on Wednesday, the US Capitol Police Board said the force's Chief Kim Dine had asked it to conduct "a comprehensive, independent review of the facts surrounding the Capitol Police's response to the Navy Yard shootings".
The Capitol Police Board said it had responded by establishing a "Fact Review Team", led by Michael Stenger, a former assistant director of the US Secret Service.
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.
Several Capitol Police sources who spoke to the BBC asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal.
Capitol Police Officer Jim Konczos, who leads the officers' union, said the Cert police train for what are known as active shooter situations and are expert marksmen.
"Odds are it might have had a different outcome," he said of the shooting and the decision to order the Cert unit to stand down. "It probably could have been neutralised."Gwendolyn Crump, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, which protects the city of Washington DC, said allegations that a Capitol Police Cert team was on scene and later stood down were "not true".http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24155567Interesting that they are saying this is not true, yet they are investigating it. If they think it's not true, why bother?
90% of life is "showing up"