A man was arrested at the Wisconsin Capitol twice in one day for seeking Gov. Tony Evers (D) while carrying a firearm.
The man reportedly brought a loaded handgun and walked up the governor’s office at around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
After posting bail, he returned to the Capitol that night while carrying an assault rifle.
A man was arrested after bringing a loaded handgun into the Wisconsin Capitol, demanding to see Governor Tony Evers, and returned at night with an assault rifle after posting bail. (AP)https://t.co/II07HKFQOp pic.twitter.com/XrJ1hvVWYD
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 5, 2023
A man with a handgun showed up at the Wisconsin Capitol demanding to see Gov. Tony Evers and was arrested — then he returned to the Statehouse with a rifle after he posted bail. https://t.co/vGg0e6Ghpp
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) October 5, 2023
The Associated Press had the scoop:
The man, who was shirtless and had a holstered handgun, approached the governor’s office on the first floor of the Capitol around 2 p.m. Wednesday, state Department of Administration spokesperson Tatyana Warrick said. The man was demanding to see the governor, who was not in the building at the time, Warrick said.
A Capitol police officer sits at a desk outside of a suite of rooms that includes the governor’s office, conference room and offices for the attorney general.
The man was taken into custody for openly carrying a firearm in the Capitol, which is against the law, Warrick said. Weapons can be brought into the Capitol if they are concealed and the person has a valid permit. The man arrested did not have a concealed carry permit, Warrick said.
The man was booked into the Dane Count Jail but later posted bail.
He returned to the outside of the Capitol shortly before 9 p.m. with a loaded assault-style rifle, Warrick said. The building closes to the public at 6 p.m. He again demanded to see the governor and was taken into custody.
Madison police reported Thursday that the man, who was not named, was taken into protective custody and taken to the hospital.
“Capitol Police took control of the situation and so it’s over,” Evers reportedly said Thursday.
The Associated Press noted comments by Evers regarding possible changes in security at the Capitol building.
“I never, ever talk about what my security detail does or what they’re planning on doing,” Evers said.
“But anytime something like this happens, obviously they reevaluate,” he added.
Authorities have not released further details, and the man’s motive remains unclear.
This story is developing.