Published: Sat, April 03, 2021
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Vehicle rams into barricade outside US Capitol, killing police officer

Vehicle rams into barricade outside US Capitol, killing police officer

Law enforcement officials confirmed that after hitting the two officers, the driver jumped out of the auto with a knife and was shot by Capitol police. He was a member of the first responders unit and an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Streets surrounding the US Capitol and congressional office buildings were locked down, with a heavy police presence, on Friday, an eyewitness said, while Capitol police said that a motorist had tried to run down two officers, and was subsequently shot dead.

The law enforcement officials told the AP that the driver then got out of the vehicle with what appeared to be a knife.

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

Law enforcement officials identified the slain suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green.

"Please keep officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers", Pittman said in a statement.

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 seeking to overturn the election.

The Capitol complex has been on high alert since the January 6 attack by former President Donald Trump's supporters, which left five people dead. They also confirmed this does not appear to be terrorism, but they are still investigating. But the incident underscores that the building and campus remain potential targets for violence.

That's according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday.

US Capitol put on lockdown after 2 cops rammed by vehicle: police

The USCP stated that one suspect was in custody and the individual, as well as the two wounded officers, were "transported to the hospital".

One of the officers who was injured was taken by police auto to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.

The suspect had been taken to the hospital in critical condition.

President Biden was in Camp David, Md., when the incident took place, according to the White House.

The U.S. Capitol was placed under lockdown amid what Capitol Police described as "an external security threat". National Guard troops who have guarded the building since then were seen mobilizing around the area of the incident.

Video posted online showed a dark-coloured sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle.

One of the officers who was injured was taken by police auto to the hospital; the other was transported by emergency medical crews.

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


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