Police: Mental Health Crisis at US Patent and Trademark Office Peacefully Resolved |  ALXnow

Police: Mental Health Crisis at US Patent and Trademark Office Peacefully Resolved | ALXnow

The United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

(Updated at 10:35 a.m.) Despite rumors to the contrary, the Alexandria Police Department (APD) said no one was killed yesterday at the Patent and Trademark Office.

Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said the APD received a call around 10.45am yesterday (Tuesday) for a person having a mental health crisis.

“APD attended the scene and with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Protective Services, we were able to contact the subject and connect them with the services,” Bassett said.

Neither the ODA nor the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has posted additional information on social media, so the Patent Examiner subreddit has become a hub for people in the building seeking more information about the incident, but APD said reports on the subreddit that someone was murdered in the building are not true.

“For clarity, no one was killed,” Bassett said.

An email from the USPTO after the incident provided no new information about the incident, but said the affected building would be closed today (Wednesday) as a result and called for “discretion and confidentiality” about the incident.


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