Published: Sat, April 03, 2021
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US Capitol On Lockdown After Vehicle Rams 2 Officials, Driver Dead

US Capitol On Lockdown After Vehicle Rams 2 Officials, Driver Dead

Multiple media organizations, citing anonymous sources, named the suspect as Noah Green, 25, of Newport News, Virginia. He said there did not appear to be any indication the attack was terrorism-related, but the investigation is ongoing and investigators will continue to see if there's any links to terrorism. An investigation has been opened.

Capitol Police officers near the vehicle that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries", Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at the conference. The other injured officer was transported via a U.S. Capitol Police vehicle. "So I ask that you keep our US Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers", Pittman said.

The exact circumstances of the officer's death are not yet clear.

A law enforcement official says officers were responding to a report of a possible shooting on a street near the Capitol complex.

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. USCP later corrected the announcement, clarifying that the vehicle incident occurred on Constitution Avenue, not Independence Avenue.

It comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

The White House released a statement from President Joe Biden addressing the attack on the United States Capitol on Friday. As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-staff.

The Capitol was on lockdown amid reports of shots having been fired in the incident.

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. Lawmakers have been arguing about how much security should remain on Capitol Hill, which is a popular park for city residents as well as the seat of government.

There was no immediate connection apparent between January 6 and Friday's crash. Congress is now on recess. Authorities installed a tall perimeter fence around the Capitol and for months restricted traffic along the roads closest to the building, but they have begun pulling back some of the emergency measures in recent weeks.

Ryan said he and other top committee members, Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, had been talking to the global community about how they keep their facilities safe, including Israel's Knesset.

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