Suspect Rams Car Into US Capitol Barricade, Killing 1 Officer

A car crashed into a barrier outside the U.S. Capitol

The Capitol Building was placed on lockdown Friday after a knife-wielding suspect who has since died in the hospital - identified as 25-year-old Noah Green - rammed his auto into the North barricade, killing Evans and injuring another Capitol officer.

Acting Chief of Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman speaks during a press conference near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC.

Tensions in Washington have remained high in the wake of the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. "Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years". She says the suspect then exited the vehicle with a knife and lunged at the officers.

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. Since the riot on 6 January, the complex has been like a fortress with barbed wire, metal fencing and heightened security.

Authorities opened fire, striking the suspect several times, but not before he managed to stab one of the injured officers, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a pending investigation. They were working to obtain warrants to access his online accounts.

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Video posted online showed a dark-coloured sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police dog inspecting the vehicle. The danger on Friday was limited as Congress was in recess and relatively few people were in the building.

A auto crashed into a security barrier before the driver lunged towards the officers with a knife, police said. But his motive for the attack remains unknown.

A Facebook profile that appeared to belong to Green has since been taken down, but some posts were viewed by Fox News. "I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey".

The attack comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win. The attack occurred about 100 yards (91 metres) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. Sections of surrounding roads have reopened for traffic. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was only recently removed.

I want to express the nation's gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. "Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene". The Jan. 6 assault took place while the House of Representatives and Senate, with the Senate presided over by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was certifying Biden's November election victory over the Republican Trump.

West Virginia's federal lawmakers are among the people sending their thoughts to the U.S. Capitol Police following a deadly incident Friday. "On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful".

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