Car Rams Capitol Barricade, Injuring 2 officers; Driver Shot

BREAKING Emergency situation at US Capitol armed suspect shot after ramming car into officers

She says the suspect then exited the vehicle with a knife and lunged at the officers.

The slain officer was identified by US Capitol Police as William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force.

The U.S. Capitol remained on lockdown Friday afternoon after a vehicle rammed a barricade outside the Senate, though the building was largely empty due to a two-week recess. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed. Law enforcement is working to understand the motive behind this incident.

US Capitol Police said that one of the police officers had also died, while the other two officers are hospitalised. "At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect".

Whether the extra fencing around the Capitol was needed after the deadly January 6 insurrection has been a point of controversy in Washington, D.C. And despite Greene's sign, the fencing is under the purview of U.S. Capitol Police, not Pelosi, and was erected by law enforcement and the military.

Dozens of police cars, marked and unmarked, raced toward the iconic domed white building, in an unwelcome reminder of January 6, when thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump overran the complex.

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

Per the DC Fire and EMS scanner, three individuals were picked up from Capitol Hill, including two police officers.

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That's according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday.

It took hours for the National Guard to arrive, a delay that has driven months of finger-pointing between key decision-makers that day.

They were called upon soon afterward to secure the Capitol during Biden's inauguration and faced another potential threat in early March linked to conspiracy theories falsely claiming Trump would retake the presidency. "On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful", Pelosi added. Per journalists present at the site, Capitol Hill has been placed on lockdown due to an "external security threat".

The Capitol was locked down and a National Guard team was deployed as police instructed staff to remain indoors.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police auto to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.

That assault took place while the House of Representatives and Senate, with the Senate presided over by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's November election victory over the Republican Trump.

The crash happened at a security checkpoint that is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, but lawmakers are away for recess.

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