Public Safety Alert states that an armed individual is near Canal Road NW

Update 6:16 pm: DPS Chief Jay Gruber spoke to Vox and made a comment: “We received a phone call from the US Park Police that they received a report about an armed individual… near canal road. We felt it prudent to alert our community what the US Park Police had told us because a lot of students live and work and walk in that area.”

Update 6:00 pm: MPD and the US Park Police have issued an “all clear” status, according to a second alert.

Original Post: According to a Public Safety Alert sent out a few minutes ago, an “armed individual” is in or around Canal Road NW.

The alert states the Metropolitan Police Department and US Park Police are responding to the situation, which was reported at 5:11 p.m. The Georgetown Department of Public Safety suggests avoiding the area.

Vox contacted DPS for comment and is awaiting a response. Vox will update the post as more information becomes available.

Photo: Steve Fernie via Flickr

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