US Capitol: Two officers injured and building locked down

The US Capitol building

The US Capitol building

Two police officers were injured outside the US Capitol on Friday afternoon after a auto rammed into a barrier. "This has been an extremely hard time for U.S. after Jan 6 riots", the Capitol Police said. The driver who rammed the officers is dead, reports said. Ms Pittman said there was no existing police file on the suspect.

"At this time, the suspect has been pronounced dead", Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

In the 6 January attack, hundreds of extremist Trump-backers smashed into the Capitol building yelling threats against politicians and shutting down the legislature.

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. "Whether the attack was at law enforcement, or whoever, we have a responsibility to get to the bottom of it and we'll do that", Contee said.

The suspect was not known to Capitol Police or the D.C. Metropolitan Police, officials said. The suspect's motive was unknown.

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The crash occurred about 91 metres from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. President Joe Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags lowered to half-staff on the Capitol in the victim's honour while the Senate's chief Republican, Mitch McConnell, offered prayers. Congress is now on recess. A quick response force - the contingent of troops deputized in the aftermath of the January 6 attack - was activated shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to a person familiar with the matter.

On the same day, the National Guard said around 2,300 members from around the country had rotated into the district to continue supporting Capitol police. National Guardsmen ran to barricades around the Capitol on Friday, many carrying riot shields that had been stocked at the complex since the riot.

PHOTO: Capitol Police and responders gather near a site where a auto crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021. For more than two months, 10-foot fencing surrounding the entire Capitol complex, preventing unauthorized individuals from gaining access.

The forces were already on Capitol grounds, according to an announcement, but details were limited due to security concerns.

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