Friday, 16 April, 2021

US Capitol on lockdown after police officers rammed by vehicle

Authorities investigate at the scene after a man rammed a car into two officers at the barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday US Capitol: Two officers injured and building locked down
Cecil Davis | 03 April, 2021, 05:08

On Friday, he is alleged to have ploughed his vehicle into a barrier outside the US Capitol, killing one police officer and injuring another. Both Capitol Police officers were hospitalized, and Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters Friday afternoon that one of the officers "succumbed to his injuries". He was said to be in stable condition late Friday.Pittman said the suspect was not known to Capitol Police before the attack and there was no indication of "any nexus" to members of Congress.

The incident happened at a vehicle checkpoint on Constitution Avenue, on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Complex.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement Friday evening praising Evans and the Capitol Police.

According to the U.S. Capitol Police, the suspect exited a auto with a weapon but was taken into custody.

"We know what a hard time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it", he said.

But Congress is now in recess, meaning the majority of politicians are not at the Capitol complex today.

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Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that investigators initially believed the suspect stabbed one of the officers, but it was later unclear whether the knife actually made contact, in part because the vehicle struck the officers with such force. It's unclear which member of law enforcement shot the suspect.

However, thousands of troops have remained around the Capitol building to guard against further attacks the Federal Bureau of Investigation had warned of.

In recent weeks some security around the complex has been loosened, with the number of armed National Guard troops at the Capitol reduced and a security fence that created a broad perimeter around the Capitol complex removed. "This has been an extremely hard time for United States after Jan 6 riots", the Capitol Police said. But the hallways were mostly empty despite the chaos outside. "Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene".

The attack came amid tightened security in Washington after the January 6 insurrection by supporters of then-president Donald Trump.

The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. He was shot by police and taken into custody.

But permanent barriers remain in place on all the roadway entrances to the Capitol, well-manned by police and national guard.