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US Capitol put on lockdown after 2 cops rammed by vehicle

US Capitol put on lockdown after 2 cops rammed by vehicle”

Pittman said the U.S. Capitol Police did not have the suspect on file, so there is at present no indication that "there's any nexus to any member of Congress". "This has been an extremely hard time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today".

Sources said the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife and attacked the police before he was fatally shot.

The officials say the suspect was critically wounded and was taken into custody. The Capitol Police closed several blocks around the building as law enforcement responded to the scene.

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.

According to PBS News' Lisa Desjardins, staff were alerted of an "external security threat located at all of the U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings continues, and there is still no entry or exit permitted at this time", at around 1:15pm EST.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries", she said at a press briefing Friday afternoon.

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Police said the incident happened at a checkpoint near the Capitol building, typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.

Since then security officials have said there is an ongoing threat from extreme-right groups and some Trump supporters.

The FBI's Washington field office was providing support to Capitol Police in their investigation. "He is a martyr for our democracy", Pelosi said. Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after the January 6 rampage. Trump was impeached for his role in inciting the riot, and a number of resignations followed, including the Capitol Police chief and the sergeants-at-arms of both the House and Senate. It's unclear which member of law enforcement shot the suspect.

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 security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, however Congress is now on recess.



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