Vehicle rams barricade at US Capitol, two officers injured, driver shot

BREAKING: Suspect Reportedly Shot Dead After Ramming Car Into Capitol Police, Wielding Knife

BREAKING: Suspect Reportedly Shot Dead After Ramming Car Into Capitol Police, Wielding Knife

A auto rammed a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday afternoon (US time), killing one officer and injuring another.

The vehicle hit a barricade just outside the Senate, on a street that had recently been reopened after the January 6 insurrection.

Video shows the driver of the crashed vehicle emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. A second officer was also hurt in the incident and taken to the hospital.

"The suspect did exit the vehicle with a knife in hand".

"I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers", Pittman said.

"You can see there on the screen, suspect that drove into Capitol officers had a knife". Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots.

Neither the House nor Senate were in session on Friday.This attack comes less than three months after hundreds of former President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol to interrupt a joint session of Congress that was underway to finalize President Joe Biden's win.

This ramming incident comes almost three months after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

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One Capitol Police officer died as a result of the attack, as well as four others individuals who took part or were nearby.

A heavy emergency services presence around the scene in the Capitol.

The suspect died at a hospital, officials said. The driver has died, according to multiple outlets including NBC, ABC, and CBS.

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said he left his congressional office to grab some Chinese food, and when he got back, he received calls from staff telling him to stay away from the building because of a security threat.

The driver was shot after getting out of his auto and brandishing a knife, and later died at a hospital, the Associated Press said.

A helicopter landed on the Capitol grounds and the police were loaded on board to be taken to a hospital.

"Due to an external security threat located All US Capitol Campus Buildings, no entry or exit is permitted at this time".

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