Auto rams U.S. Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot

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One U.S Capitol Police officer died and another was injured Friday when a driver slammed a auto into a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol.

The suspect - who has since been pronounced dead - entered the North barricade of the Capitol just after 1 p.m. ET, ramming his vehicle into two officers and then crashing into a barrier, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a briefing. "At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect". Officers then fired at the suspect, who has now died. The suspect, who was wielding a knife, succumbed to injuries after being taken to a nearby hospital.

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.

The crash and shooting happened at a checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess.

However, White House press secretary said she is not aware of the situation at Capitol yet.

"Even though the attacker left the vehicle with a knife in his hand and had run towards the police officers", the Capitol Police was quoted as saying.

A heavy emergency services presence around the scene in the Capitol.

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.

Capitol Police officers near the vehicle that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington. But the incident underscores that the building and campus remain potential targets for violence.

It occurred about 91 meters from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. Congress is now on recess.

Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January riots.

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.

The D.C. National Guard said it deployed a quick reaction force, comprising National Guard soldiers and airmen, to the Capitol complex to support the U.S. Capitol Police.