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Officers hurt near US Capitol after being rammed by vehicle

Officers hurt near US Capitol after being rammed by vehicle”

The U.S. Capitol remained on lockdown Friday afternoon after a vehicle rammed a barricade outside the Senate, though the building was largely empty due to a two-week recess.

The long-term security posture at the Capitol has also become a topic of increasing debate in recent weeks as congressional committees continue their investigations into the failures around the January 6 attack.

Capitol police officials said the driver rammed their vehicle into a barricade along Constitution Avenue.

Video posted on social media by reporters at the Capitol appeared to show the auto crashed into a barrier outside the building.

"It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William "Billy" Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant", Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said.

The suspect had been taken to the hospital in critical condition. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police auto to the hospital; the other was transported by emergency medical crews.

The driver stabbed one of the officers, Pittman said.

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.

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The Capitol complex has been on high alert since the January 6 attack by former President Donald Trump's supporters, which left five people dead.

That sequence of events aligns with what a senior congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source told CNN earlier Friday. Law enforcement is working to understand the motive behind this incident.

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

Capitol Police tweeted just after 3 p.m. that it had cleared the "external security incident" at all U.S. Capitol Campus buildings, but said the area around the scene would remain restricted.

Video posted online showed a blue sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier near the Capitol complex, and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

Shortly after the lockdown, D.C. National Guard troops assigned to the Capitol were ordered to report to the unit's armory if they were not already at the Capitol complex, according to correspondence obtained by POLITICO.

President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the attack occurred. As customary, he was traveling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him on the incident.



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