One officer was killed and a second injured Friday after a vehicle rammed through security and crashed into a barrier at the US Capitol, forcing it into lockdown less than three months after a mob assault on Congress.
USCP acting chief Yogananda Pittman said the suspect crashed a auto into a barrier outside the Capitol, "did not respond to verbal commands", and then started "lunging" toward the officers, who fired upon and killed the suspect. "At this time, the suspect has been pronounced dead", Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.
There were reports of gun shots at the Capitol as the incident unfolded and police ordered staff via a broadcast text message to shelter in place.
"Due to an external security threat located All US Capitol Campus Buildings, no entry or exit is permitted at this time".
There were unconfirmed initial reports of a shooting that appear to be incorrect.
No information was available on the identity of the attacker or his motivation, but Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee indicated that a terror link was not suspected at this stage.
Police closed several blocks of Constitution Avenue, the main boulevard running along the north side of the US Capitol building.
U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a auto that crashed into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police vehicle to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.
"Our thoughts and prayer are with the Officer who passed and his family", Larry Cosme, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers' Association, said in a statement. "Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene".