US Capitol on lockdown over security threat

US Capitol on lockdown over security threat

PHOTO: Capitol Police and responders gather near a site where a vehicle crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021.

The officers opened fire and the suspect was shot dead.

Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that the driver who rammed a auto into two police officers outside the U.S. Capitol has died after being shot by authorities.

"Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers", Ms Pittman said in a statement.

The suspect had been taken to the hospital in critical condition. They also confirmed this does not appear to be terrorism, but they are still investigating. The Capitol Police closed several blocks around the building as law enforcement responded to the scene.

While Congress was on recess for the Easter holiday, text messages sent to staffers still working inside told them to avoid windows and said no one could enter or leave the building.

President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were "heartbroken" about the incident.

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 seeking to overturn the election.

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A law enforcement official says officers were responding to a report of a possible shooting on a street near the Capitol complex.

The lockdown order on the Capitol was lifted just after 15:00 local time. Since then security officials have said there is an ongoing threat from extreme right groups and Trump supporters.

Capitol Hill has been tense over the past three months. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed, but there was additional interior fencing between the checkpoint and the building. "We know what a hard time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it".

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.

No entry or exit was permitted, and police said: "If you are outside, seek cover".

One officer was killed and a second injured Friday after a man rammed a vehicle into a barricade outside the US Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said.

"It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries". The email stated Capitol Police officers shot the suspect after he rammed the barricade and exited holding a knife. Video shared on social media showed a helicopter landing at the Capitol.

Onlookers were told to clear the area. Chief Contee told reporters the suspect appeared to act alone. There was also no immediate connection apparent between the incident and the January 6 riot.

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