US Capitol Police said they extracted a man from a suspicious vehicle in front of the U.S. Supreme Court where the nine justices were hearing oral arguments on Tuesday.
"The man is in custody. Everyone is safe," police said.
Earlier, the Capitol Police tweeted a warning, saying, "Please stay away from the area. We will provide more information as soon as we can," as they were investigating the suspicious vehicle.
NOW: We are investigating a suspicious vehicle in front of the Supreme Court along First Street, NE. Please stay away from the area. We will provide more information as soon as we can. pic.twitter.com/j129pfKIMG— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) October 5, 2021
The Capitol Police continued updating the public via tweets, announcing that road closures are in effect on parts of First Street, Second Street and East Capitol Street.
The Supreme Court was hearing arguments on Tuesday morning in two criminal law-related cases.
The nine justices began their new term on Monday as they conducted oral arguments in person for the first time in 19 months, due to the COVID0-19 pandemic.
The court's term includes major cases in the coming months on abortion and gun rights.