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Car rams Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot

Car rams Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot”

The officer who was killed today is the second to die in the line of duty this year.

Police block a street after a vehicle drove into police officers near the US Capitol building in Washington, US, April 2, 2021.

Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

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

The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

"It has been an extremely hard and challenging year for us but we will get through this", she added at the end of the conference.

US Capitol Police say an officer has died after a suspect rammed his vehicle into two officers and lunged at them with a knife before being shot in Washington today. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division's First Responder's Unit.

Just months after the January 6 riot, Capitol Hill has once again come under emergency lockdown as breaking reports of the shooting of two Capitol Police officers surfaced on social media.

Five people died in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election.

Authorities do not believe that the attack was terrorism-related.

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The auto hit a barricade just outside the Senate, on a street that had recently been reopened after the January 6 insurrection.

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.

Investigators were digging into the suspect's background and examining whether he had any mental health history as they tried to discern a motive.

The police also notified road closures "due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the US Capitol".

Capitol Police say that someone "rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers" and that a suspect was taken into custody. Both Capitol Police officers were hospitalized, and Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters Friday afternoon that one of the officers "succumbed to his injuries".

"On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful". The suspect was shot and died at the hospital.

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

The Capitol was locked down and a National Guard team was deployed as police instructed staff to remain indoors. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.

The entry point on Constitution Avenue where the vehicle struck the barricade is directly where Senators and their staff come to the Capitol each day, according to observers.



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