Published: Sat, April 03, 2021
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Vehicle rams U.S. Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot

Vehicle rams U.S. Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot

A man rammed a vehicle into two police officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol in Washington DC on Friday before being shot dead by authorities, The Associated Press reported. The outer ring of fencing was taken down just this week, although an inner ring of fencing remains around the U.S. Capitol building.

Authorities do not believe that the attack was terrorism-related.

Capitol Police tweeted just after 3 p.m. that it had cleared the "external security incident" at all U.S. Capitol Campus buildings, but said the area around the scene would remain restricted.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the assault inspired by Trump's groundless claims that he had lost the November presidential election due to massive fraud.

In a tweet Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol".

Evans is the seventh Capitol Police member to die in the line of duty in the department's history, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks deaths of law enforcement. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots.

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.


U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a vehicle that crashed into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed Evans as a "martyr for our democracy", while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "heartbroken".

"On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful".

Members of the National Guard stand along streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings following a security threat at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2021.

Both officers were also taken to hospital, where one also died.

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.

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

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