Car Rams US Capitol Barricade, One Officer and Driver Dead

BREAKING Emergency situation at US Capitol armed suspect shot after ramming car into officers

Pittman said one of the officers was killed and the other was injured.

The National Guard swarmed the area following the attack.

Authorities said that there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.

The USCP stated that one suspect was in custody and the individual, as well as the two wounded officers, were "transported to the hospital".

Members of Congress were not in Washington on Friday, with both the Senate and House of Representatives in recess for the Easter holiday.

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

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the suspect stabbed one of the officers.

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.

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

At the time Trump's supporters shouted slogans including "Stop the Steal" and "Hang Mike Pence" as they attacked the Capitol and said they hoped to stop the election certification.

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The incident occurred about 90 metres from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.

Whether the extra fencing around the Capitol was needed after the deadly January 6 insurrection has been a point of controversy in Washington, D.C. And despite Greene's sign, the fencing is under the purview of U.S. Capitol Police, not Pelosi, and was erected by law enforcement and the military.

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.

The officer killed on duty at the US Capitol earlier today has been identified as William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year US Capitol Police veteran. It is unclear if the shots were fired by law enforcement or suspects at this time.

The suspect has also been identified, as 25-year-old Noah Green.

In the incident, a auto rammed a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday afternoon (US time), killing one officer and injuring another. Per journalists present at the site, Capitol Hill has been placed on lockdown due to an "external security threat".

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, but lawmakers are away for recess.

Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a vehicle that had crashed into a barrier.

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

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