A car rammed a security barricade at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, injuring two police officers who were taken to the hospital, where one of them died shortly after, as confirmed at a press conference by the acting head of the Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman.
At around 1 p.m. midday, the suspect drove his vehicle at the two officers guarding the Capitol and then got out of the car brandishing a knife. It was then, as Pittman explained, that the other agents asked him to drop the knife, having to open fire “when he did not respond to the officers’ demands”. After being shot, he was arrested by the police and taken to the hospital, where he also died later.
“U.S. Capitol Police is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.” the security force said in a message on Twitter.
CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/4TXIdulJc6
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
Subsequently, national TV channels have announced that the suspect has died after the shootout with security forces. At the time of his arrest, the occupant of the vehicle was conscious and was taken to hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.
Minutes earlier, the Police itself had alerted the congressmen’s offices that there was “an external security threat”. Congress is in recess for the Easter vacations, so no members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are inside.
The U.S. Capitol has been heavily armored since the January 6 assault by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump that left five dead, although some of the security fences had been partially removed two weeks ago.