TULSA - Thursday's incident involving a reportedly disturbed woman who ended up dead at the hands of police near the nation's Capitol wasn't the first time Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin had seen Capitol police in action.
Within minutes of the all-clear sounding in Washington, D.C., KRMG reached Mullin to talk about what he'd seen and heard.
He said he'd just returned to his office moments before the alarm sounded, and didn't see much.
Then, he related a prior incident in which he got a first-hand look at how Capitol police operate.
He said it happened shortly after the Boston Marathon Bombing, as he was walking on the steps on the east side of the Capitol.
"A gentleman came running up the stairs with a backpack, yelling a lot of stuff he shouldn't have been yelling," he said. "Literally he ran right past me, and the Capitol police came running off the steps, grabbed this guy, took the backpack off and surrounded him to shield us, as Members, to shield us if something bad was in that backpack."
He said he went up to the officers as soon as the situation was under control to thank them personally.
"It's amazing, it's the same thing we're seeing here. The Capitol Police act so fast, it's kind of humbling from my point of view that someone is literally willing to lay their life down for me."
Thursday, House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) stood in the House to express his thanks to the Capitol Hill Police, and Members on both sides of the aisle gave them a standing ovation.
Ironically, those same officers currently work without pay because of the partial government shutdown.