Jumat, 02 April 2021

US Capitol goes into lockdown after car rams barricade, killing police officer - ABC News

A US Police officer has been killed after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said.

Video showed the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

The driver stabbed one of the officers, Mr Pittman said. Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

Both officers were hospitalised, and one of them "succumbed to his injuries", said Mr Pittman, who did not identify the slain officer or suspect.

Police officers surround the scene after a car crashed into a barrier. The Capitol Hill building can be seen in the background.
The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess.(

AP: J. Scott Applewhite


Authorities said that there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.

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

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

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 who supported former president Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election.


Authorities installed a tall perimeter fence around the Capitol and for months restricted traffic along the roads closest to the building, but they have begun pulling back some of the emergency measures in recent weeks.

There was no immediate connection apparent between January riot and Friday's crash.

"This has been an extremely difficult time for US Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today," said Mr Pittman.

He told reporters the suspect did not appear to have been on police radar. 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.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, but senators are away for recess.

Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed.

One of the officers who was injured was taken by police car to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.

Police stand around a car that has smashed into a barrier.
Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed.(

AP: J. Scott Applewhite


The US Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting and staff were told they could not enter or exit buildings. Video showed National Guard troops mobilising near the area of the crash.

Video and images from the scene showed a dark coloured sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 inspecting the vehicle.

Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.


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2021-04-02 19:46:43Z

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