US Capitol On Lockdown After Vehicle Rams 2 Officials, Driver Dead

Green died after being shot by police

Capitol Police shot dead the driver after he jumped out of the auto and lunged at them with a knife, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

However, thousands of troops have remained around the Capitol building to guard against further attacks the Federal Bureau of Investigation had warned of. "So I ask that you keep our US Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers", Pittman said. "It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries", she told a news conference, her voice choked with emotion.

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.

President Joe Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the attack occurred.

Two officers were struck by the vehicle and have been taken to hospital.

In a tweet Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol". "Both officers are injured".

Acting chief of US Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Robert Contee told reporters the MPD's homicide and internal affairs divisions were taking over the investigation of the crime scene. Biden in a statement expressed condolences and said he ordered the White House flag to be lowered at half-mast.

Shortly after 13:00 local time (18:00 GMT) the Capitol Police alert system sent an email to lawmakers and their staff ordering them to stay away from exterior windows and doors due to a threat.

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Photographs from the scene showed the auto had rammed through a black perimeter fence erected as a security measure after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 dog inspecting the vehicle.

"I'm heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family".

More than 300 people have been charged in the January attack, including members of armed extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and 100 more are expected to be charged, according to Justice Department court filings.

Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life.

And on Friday, a man networks identified as 25-year-old Noah Green of Virginia drove to a standard entrance to the Capitol - where the fence had been reopened - smashing his vehicle into driveway security barriers that were put in place after the September 11 attacks.

A Sputnik correspondent at the scene witnessed and took photos of National Guard troops positioned around the perimeter, some carrying riot shields and other protective equipment.

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