The person, who was not recognized, approached the governor’s workplace at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and demanded to see him, Wisconsin Division of Administration spokesperson Tatyana Warrick advised AP. The person was shirtless and had a handgun holstered to his physique.
A capitol police officer who was positioned outdoors the governor’s workplace took the person into custody for brazenly carrying a firearm within the capitol, which is towards the regulation, Warrick mentioned. She famous that hid weapons with a legitimate allow are allowed within the constructing, nonetheless, the person didn’t also have a hid carry allow.
The governor was not within the constructing on the time of the incident.
The suspect was booked into the Dane County Jail and posted bail.
Round 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, he reportedly returned again to the capitol — after public visiting hours had ended — with a loaded assault-style rifle, as soon as once more demanding to see the governor.
Madison Police Chief Shon F. Barnes reported that Madison police have been known as to “help” the Capitol Police Division with a “report of a topic carrying an automated rifle on capitol grounds.” He mentioned that the “topic” was finally “taken into protecting custody” and transferred to a neighborhood hospital.
Gov. Evers’ communications director Britt Cudaback advised PEOPLE that the governor doesn’t “touch upon particular safety threats or the governor’s safety element.”
The governor was reportedly requested at an occasion concerning the incident, to which he responded: “The Capitol police took management of the state of affairs so it’s over, nevertheless it’s all the time one thing you don’t need to see occur.”
He reiterated that whereas he doesn’t touch upon his safety, he’s positive Capitol police are evaluating any potential expenses.
Evers edged out a win in final 12 months’s election with 51.2% of the vote as a way to serve a second time period in workplace. Previous to Evers getting elected, the place was held from 2011-2019 by Republican Scott Walker.