Thursday, 17 June, 2021


US Capitol: Driver dead after ramming police barricade

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday
Bennie Garza | 03 April, 2021, 01:05

An officer has died after a man rammed a auto into a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife Friday.

Capitol Police say that someone "rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers" and that a suspect was taken into custody.

The officials said both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with at least one in serious condition.

According to multiple reports, the unidentified suspect was reportedly shot by police and later died.

In a later statement, Ms Pittman named the officer as William "Billy" Evans, who had been a member of the Capitol Police for 18 years.

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

But Congress is now in recess, meaning the majority of politicians are not at the Capitol complex today.

USCP acting chief Yogananda Pittman said the suspect crashed a vehicle into a barrier outside the Capitol, "did not respond to verbal commands", and then started "lunging" toward the officers, who fired upon and killed the suspect. He exited the vehicle and began "lunging" toward police with a knife visible in his hand, at which point officers fired their weapons, killing the suspect.

Reporters at the Capitol Building posted footage of the scene in the wake of the incident, which unfolded at a security checkpoint that predated the fences that were erected around the complex following the January 6 insurrection by a mob of Trump supporters. USCP lifted an hours-long lockdown of the Capitol Friday afternoon after law enforcement determined the "external security threat" had been cleared. "The Department immediately locked down the Capitol Campus". The law enforcement officials told the AP that the driver then got out of the auto with what appeared to be a knife.

The long-term security posture at the Capitol has also become a topic of increasing debate in recent weeks as congressional committees continue their investigations into the failures around the January 6 attack.

Both officers were hospitalised, and one of them "succumbed to his injuries", said Mr Pittman, who did not identify the slain officer or suspect.

"This has been an extremely hard time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6, and now after the events that have occurred here today", she said.

Members of the National Guard stand along streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings following a security threat at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2021. One witness, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said he was finishing a Good Friday service nearby when he suddenly heard three shots ring out. Video showed National Guard troops mobilizing near the area of the crash.

US President Joe Biden is also not in DC at the moment.

-Security officials recently started scaling back fencing around U.S. Capitol.

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