US Capitol on lockdown, two dead after auto rams into cops

Police officers surround the scene Friday after a car crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. One Capitol Police officer and a suspect have died

Capitol Police said someone "rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers" and a suspect was taken into custody, but had since died.

The driver stabbed one of the officers, Mr Pittman said. The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers.

The officials said both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with at least one in serious condition. She did not provide additional details, saying next of kin have yet to be notified.

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the U.S. Capitol. "So I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers". It is unclear if the shots were fired by law enforcement or suspects at this time.

A photo taken by an Associated Press photographer showed officers surrounding a vehicle that appeared to have crashed into a barricade on the Capitol's north side.

Video posted online showed a blue sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier near the Capitol complex, and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle. "If you are outside, seek cover".

The U.S. Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting and staff were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

Taiwan train de-rails, at least four dead, many injured
A further 72 people were still believed to be trapped inside train carriages while 61 passengers had been sent to hospital. The accident occurred on Taiwan's eastern railway line around 9.30am (0130 GMT) near the coastal city of Hualien.

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were not in session Friday.

Five people died in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former president Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election. MPD provided no other details. National Guard troops who have guarded the building since then were seen mobilizing around the area of the incident.

Attorney General Merrick Garland "has been briefed on the incident. and is actively monitoring the situation", tweeted Anthony Coley, a Justice Department spokesman.

Security officials, including the Capitol Police and National Guard, were faulted for reacting slowly to the crowds who stormed the Capitol on January 6.

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 crash occurred at an access checkpoint to the Capitol. It's unclear which member of law enforcement shot the suspect.

With David Knowles and Christopher Wilson contributing reporting. Some facts reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division's First Responder's Unit.

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