Matthew Verderosa

20 Years Ago, a Deadly Shooting in the Capitol Changed Life on the Hill Forever

On July 24, 1998, a schizophrenic man with a gun walked into the U.S. Capitol. The ensuing rampage resulted in the deaths of two Capitol police officers, Detective John M. Gibson and Officer Jacob J. Chestnut, who saved the lives of Majority Whip Tom DeLay, his staff and countless others. The incident changed the Capitol community forever, boosting momentum for construction of the Capitol Visitors Center and much of the security we experience today.

Roll Call looked back at that tragic day, speaking to lawmakers, law enforcement and journalists who covered the story.

Capitol Police Officer Unfairly Disciplined, Panel Reaffirms
Officer blames incident on poor relationship with former police chief

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand at their post in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)


The Board of Directors of the Congressional Office of Compliance has affirmed a previous ruling that the police department engaged in "unfair labor practices" when it disciplined an officer for refusing to work a last-minute double shift.