Published: Sat, April 03, 2021
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US Capitol: Two officers injured and building locked down

US Capitol: Two officers injured and building locked down

Both police officers have also been taken to hospital and at least one officer is said to be in a serious condition.

Among other problems, he posted about losing his job.But he also described searching for "a spiritual journey" within the Nation of Islam, a religious Muslim sect that the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group for its "bizarre theology of innate black superiority over whites" and "deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-gay rhetoric."Nothing indicated a clear motive for targeting the police, nor the U.S. Capitol building located hours from the stretch of Virginia he seemed to have recently called home.But as congressional staff grabbed lunch on Friday, Green allegedly rammed his dark blue sedan into two officers guarding a barricade on a road outside the Capitol.He then jumped out of the vehicle and lunged at officers with a knife, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said, prompting them to fatally shoot him".

The officials say the suspect was critically wounded and was taken into custody. One of the officers later died at a hospital. The officer's identity was not released. "Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years".

"It is with a very, very heart that I announce one of our officers had succumbed to his injuries", Pittman said.

President Biden ordered USA flags to be lowered to half-mast to honor Evans, and released a statement.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) also tweeted, "AJC mourns the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer today".

Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police's radar. "At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased". The network also said that Green identified himself as a member of the Nation of Islam in a Facebook post.

"I just ask that the public continue to keep USCP and their families in their prayers", she said at Friday's news conference. "This has been an extremely hard time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today".

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

The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, though most were away from the building for the current recess. Video shared on social media showed a helicopter landing at the Capitol.

Other footage showed National Guard troops marching toward the Capitol. Some were then seen surrounding roadblocks that had previously been installed on Capitol Hill.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and his wife were heartbroken to learn of the attack and expressed condolences to Evans' family. "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. "He is a martyr for our democracy", Pelosi said. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died during that assault.

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

Officials declined to offer a motive, but Robert Contee, the acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said there was no ongoing threat to the area and that the incident did not appear to be linked to terrorism. Outer fencing around the Capitol came down over the weekend. An "inner perimeter fence" around the Capitol building is still in place.

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