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Police officer killed in vehicle attack on US Capitol

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Gustavo Carr | 03 April, 2021, 01:56

A police officer was killed and a second one was injured when a driver crashed through security barriers at the U.S. Capitol just after 1 p.m. EDT on April 2, 2021, resulting in a lockdown at the Capitol.

Shortly after 13:00 local time (18:00 GMT) the Capitol Police alert system sent an email to lawmakers and their staff ordering them to stay away from exterior windows and doors.

Capitol Police later said the incident occurred at Constitution Avenue.

The Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

"Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our Country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6".

The suspect died at a hospital, officials said.

U.S. Capitol Police say an officer has died after a suspect rammed his vehicle into two officers and lunged at officers with a knife before being shot.

In a tweet Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol".

It comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

The officials initially said the suspect was being taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police block a street after a vehicle drove into police officers near the US Capitol building in Washington US
Police block a street after a vehicle drove into police officers near the US Capitol building in Washington US

The incident occurred as both the House and Senate were in recess, though both buildings have staff - and reporters - working inside.

Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January riots.

Pittman did not identify the slain officer or suspect. It's unclear which member of law enforcement shot the suspect.

That's according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday.

The US Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings. Video showed National Guard troops mobilizing near the area of the crash.

"One USCP officer was transported by a USCP cruiser to the hospital".

Television footage showed a blue sedan that had crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.

President Joe Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

But CBS News reported that security officials had already warned congressional staffers of a threat before the auto ramming.

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