Shots fired at US Capitol barricade, suspect in custody

Shots fired at US Capitol barricade, suspect in custody

"Due to an external security threat located All US Capitol Campus Buildings, no entry or exit is permitted at this time".

During the press briefing, US Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said the suspect in the attack, who brandished a knife after ramming his vehicle into a police barricade on Constitution Avenue and was subsequently shot by officers, had also died.

"It does not appear to be terrorism-related but obviously we'll continue to investigate", said Robert Contee, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington.

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.

Pittman said the U.S. Capitol Police did not have the suspect on file, so there is at present no indication that "there's any nexus to any member of Congress". One of the officers who was injured was taken by police vehicle to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.

The locality around the US Capitol and congressional office buildings were immediately put on a lockdown as dozens of marked and unmarked police cars raced toward America's legislative seat.

Police investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the US Capitol on 2 April in Washington, DC.

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It's understood the person came into contact with a Queensland hen's party who travelled to Byron Bay over the weekend. A Princess Alexandra nurse was among the first cases identified in Queensland's latest Covid outbreak.

ABC News reported that at least one of the officers was injured critically and that the police opened fire during the incident.

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

In a tweet Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol". Congress is now on recess.

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

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.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays. As customary, he was traveling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him on the incident.

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