Published: Sat, April 03, 2021

JUST IN: Capitol Police Officer Dead After Being Injured in Attack

JUST IN: Capitol Police Officer Dead After Being Injured in Attack

One US Capitol Police officer has died and another is injured after a suspect rammed a vehicle into a police barricade outside the Capitol building Friday afternoon, the department's acting chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters during a press briefing roughly two hours after initial reports of the attack first surfaced.

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a auto that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Friday.

The driver was then shot by police and died later in hospital.

The shot driver, as well as the two injured officers, were taken to hospital.

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

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the U.S. Capitol. "Even though the attacker left the vehicle with a knife in his hand and had run towards the police officers", the Capitol Police was quoted as saying.

The city's acting police chief has said the attack does not appear to be terrorism-related.

The complex was locked down in the aftermath of the January 6 riot, and a National Guard contingent of around 2,300 troops was still stationed in the area as of Friday.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.

The crash occurred about 91 metres from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.

The crash and shooting happened as Congress is on recess.

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.

A heavy emergency services presence around the scene in the Capitol. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed. They were working to obtain warrants to access his online accounts.

"A suspect is in custody".

"I'm heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family".

Nearly 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded then, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one officer with cracked ribs, according to the officers' union.

They were called upon soon afterward to secure the Capitol during Biden's inauguration and faced another potential threat in early March linked to conspiracy theories falsely claiming Trump would retake the presidency.

The White House said the president has been briefed on the situation. "On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful".

The locality around the US Capitol and congressional office buildings were immediately put on a lockdown as dozens of marked and unmarked police cars raced toward America's legislative seat.

Other footage showed National Guard troops marching toward the Capitol.

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

Federal and local law enforcement sources told CNN that the suspect has been identified as Noah Green.

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