Friday, 16 April, 2021

Vehicle rams Capitol barricade, 1 police officer killed; driver shot dead

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on Friday in Washington D.C U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on Friday in Washington D.C
Cary Erickson | 03 April, 2021, 02:37

The US Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting and staff were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

The Capitol Building was placed on lockdown Friday after a knife-wielding suspect who has since died in the hospital - identified as 25-year-old Noah Green - rammed his auto into the North barricade, killing Evans and injuring another Capitol officer. Authorities said that there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher, reporting from the White House, said: "It seems as if the incident is over".

"The DC National Guard deployed a Immediate Response Force (IRF) composed of National Guard soldiers and airmen to the Capitol complex this afternoon to support the U.S. Capitol Police", according to a tweet from the National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Press Desk.

The danger on Friday was limited as Congress was in recess and relatively few people were in the building.

"It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries". There was also no immediate connection apparent between Friday's crash and the January 6 riot.

The incident occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.

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

Temporary fencing that had been erected around the Capitol's outer perimeter was removed late last month, though temporary fencing remains in place closer to the building.

The driver was shot after getting out of his vehicle and brandishing a knife, and later died at a hospital, the Associated Press said. US Capitol Police said that one of the police officers had also died, while the other two officers are hospitalised.

There were unconfirmed initial reports of a shooting that appear to be incorrect. The driver has since died, they said.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered the Capitol flags to be flown at half mast in honour of the officer killed in the attack. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.