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Emergency situation at US Capitol, reports of shots fired, officers injured

Police and fire officials stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday Suspect Shot by U.S. Capitol Police After Ramming Car into Officers Near Barricade: Reports
Hannah Rogers | 03 April, 2021, 00:56

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

Authorities said she then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue and became boxed in by law enforcement officers at Garfield Circle in front of the Capitol. Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after the January 6 rampage.

Police officers gather near a vehicle that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington.

After ramming the barricade, the driver reportedly exited the vehicle with a knife, stabbed one of the officers, and was shot by Capitol police.

Police identified the slain officer as William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department's first responders unit. The suspect was not known to police, and the attack does not appear to be related to terrorism, she said.

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

The incident occurred as both the House and Senate were in recess, though both buildings have staff - and reporters - working inside.

US Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday

Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after an attack on January 6 by thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump. As customary, he was travelling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him on the incident.

The police also notified road closures "due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the US Capitol".

Capitol Police said that someone rammed a vehicle into two of its officers. Video showed National Guard troops mobilising near the area of the crash.

Television footage showed a blue sedan that had crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.

The danger on Friday was limited as Congress was in recess and relatively few people were in the building. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

The FBI's Washington field office was providing support to Capitol Police in their investigation.

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