World Man shot dead after ramming auto into police at US Capitol

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A Capitol police officer has died after a auto crashed into a barrier outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

One officer has died of their injuries, another is in hospital in a "stable and non-threatening condition". "USCP is working to notify the officer's next of kin before it releases additional information", police said in the statement. Also House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the death of the police officer, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff tweeted.

The lowering of the flags is effective from Friday at sunset to Tuesday at sunset.

"IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones".

The suspect in Friday's attack on Capitol Police reportedly suffered mental issues, alleging that USA government agencies were spying on him, several media reports suggest.

Police say the suspect rammed his vehicle into two Capitol police officers at a security checkpoint on Friday, killing one and injuring the other.

Officer, suspect dead after vehicle rams into Capitol barricade
But permanent barriers remain in place on all the roadway entrances to the Capitol , well-manned by police and national guard. But CBS News reported that security officials had already warned congressional staffers of a threat before the auto ramming.

"The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers".

Earlier on Friday, the White House flag was lowered to half-staff following the death of the the 18-year US Capitol Police veteran. One USCP officer was transported by a USCP cruiser to the hospital. Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on police radar. The attack occurred about 100 yards (meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.

The attack comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

It was the second line-of-duty death this year for the U.S. Capitol Police, still struggling to heal from the January 6 insurrection. The National Guard was seen responding to Friday's attack, and later confirmed it had been deployed to the Capitol.

Friday's crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, though most were away from the building for the current recess. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed.

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