Two dead after auto rams into cops outside US Capitol

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

The U.S. Capitol remained on lockdown Friday afternoon after a auto rammed a barricade outside the Senate, though the building was largely empty due to a two-week recess. Their name wasn't released. "This has been an extremely hard time for United States after Jan 6 riots", the Capitol Police said.

Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police's radar.

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

The Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

"This has been an extremely hard time for US Capitol police after the events of January 6, and now the events that have occurred here today", she continued.

However, media reports suggested minutes after the incident that the driver of the vehicle died.

The United States Capitol was locked down on Friday due to an "exterior security threat", as the United States Capitol Police (USCP) said two officers were injured after a auto rammed into them and sources said officers shot and killed a suspect.

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.

The incident occurred as both the House and Senate were in recess, though both buildings have staff - and reporters - working inside.

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the US Capitol.

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

As customary, he was traveling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him on the incident. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed.

It doesn't appear the driver was known to Capitol or Metro Police, officials said. It is unclear if the shots were fired by law enforcement or suspects at this time.

The US Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

Dozens of National Guard troops, who have been stationed at the Capitol since the January attack, quickly deployed after the incident.

Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a vehicle that had crashed into a barrier. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

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.