Published: Sat, April 03, 2021

Suspect in Capitol crash appeared to have knife

Suspect in Capitol crash appeared to have knife

Police block a street after a vehicle drove into police officers near the US Capitol building in Washington, US, April 2, 2021.

A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a vehicle into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said.

It doesn't appear the driver was known to Capitol or Metro Police, officials said. Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the suspect is dead.

The lockdown order on the Capitol was lifted just after 15:00 local time.

One Capitol Police officer died as a result of the attack, as well as four others individuals who took part or were nearby.

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were not in session Friday as Congress is on recess.

They added that no prior information about him had been found on any police databases, and that he did not appear to have any ties to the military.

Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January riots.

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

At least two officers have been injured near the US Capitol, police confirmed late Friday, as a vehicle rammed into the legislative building.

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

"Please join me in prayer for the two Capitol Police officers and their families", McCarthy tweeted. And if they were outside, they were told to "seek cover". There was also no immediate connection apparent between Friday's crash and the January 6 riot. "There are small contingent of the National Guard troops around the Capitol".

Since then security officials have said there is an ongoing threat from extreme-right groups and Trump supporters.

Several hundred rioters broke down doors and windows and poured into the halls of the legislature, some calling for physical attacks on various members of Congress and on then-vice president Mike Pence, who was there to preside over a session to formally declare Joe Biden the victor of the election.

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