One officer killed after auto rams U.S Capitol barricade

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Reuters reported that dozens of police cars, marked and unmarked, had raced toward the Capitol building and that the complex had been placed in lockdown.

US Capitol Police say an officer has died after a suspect rammed his auto into two officers and lunged at them with a knife before being shot in Washington today.

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

Authorities said that there wasn't an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism, though the Capitol was put on lockdown as a precaution.

"Police are going to act with the phrase that we've become so used to with "an abundance of caution", to make sure that the threat is over for the time being, and that they are fully in control of the situation at the Capitol Hill complex before they make any further statement", Fisher said. Pittman said one of the officers was killed and the other was injured.

There was no immediate connection apparent between January riot and Friday's crash.

Five people died in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election.

President Joe Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

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Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed. They said a suspect was in custody.

At the time Trump's supporters shouted slogans including "Stop the Steal" and "Hang Mike Pence" as they attacked the Capitol and said they hoped to stop the election certification.

Police block a street after a vehicle drove into police officers near the US Capitol building in Washington, US, April 2, 2021.

The law enforcement officials told the AP that the suspect was shot and was being taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, also ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all federal buildings Friday until sunset on April 6 in honor of Evans.

Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a auto 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.

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