Officer dies after suspect rammed vehicle into Capitol barricade

Police block a street near the US Capitol on Friday after a vehicle drove into officers at the complex in Washington

Police block a street near the US Capitol on Friday after a vehicle drove into officers at the complex in Washington

"The suspect did start lunging toward US Capitol Police officers, at which time US Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect". An investigation has been opened.

© J. Scott Applewhite Police officers gather near a vehicle that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday.

U.S. Capitol Police say all Capitol buildings were being locked down "due to an external security threat" and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings.

There are just less than 2,200 U.S. National Guard troops providing additional security at the U.S. Capitol Complex since that riot, which left one U.S. Capitol Police officer dead and many others injured. "So I ask that you keep our US Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers", Pittman said.

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.

Police investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the US Capitol on 2 April in Washington, DC.

Friday's mayhem came less than three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a bloody attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Biden's election victory. Biden in a statement expressed condolences and said he ordered the White House flag to be lowered at half-mast.

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

Police said there was no ongoing threat to the Capitol and that the attack appears to have been an isolated incident. 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.

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Anyone at the pub at the same time is considered a close contact and must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately. They were located in New Farm by officers in the afternoon and brought back to the hospital.

The death is the latest moment of sorrow for a department after the loss of Brian Sicknick, who clashed with rioters during the January 6 insurrection and died a day later, and Howard Liebengood, who committed suicide weeks after that.

All roads leading to the complex were blocked by police or police officers.

Congress is in recess today and staff I have spoken to are grateful to be home and nervous about returning to work after the Easter holiday.

Still, the Capitol complex was placed on lockdown during the attack, and an alarming message blared on loudspeakers inside the building telling staff and others that they could not enter or exit, eerily similar to the alert broadcasted on January 6. Officials said the other officer was in a stable and non-life threatening condition.

What do we know about the attack?

Anyone outside was instructed to seek cover. Videos and photographs from the scene showed a blue vehicle rammed into a security barricade, a front door open.

In one post he spoke of being tormented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency, hospitalized and subjected to "mind control", and called the government "the #1 enemy of Black people!" Videos from the scene showed what appeared to be two people on stretchers being loaded into ambulances.

Onlookers were told to clear the area. A suspect is in custody.

But Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee indicated that a terror link was not suspected at this stage. The US Attorney General is also aware of the incident and is being updated, according to CBS News. "This has been an extremely hard time for the US Capitol police after the events of January 6, and after the events that have occurred here today", she said.

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