Updated: 12:00 PM PDT, April 02, 2021
A Capitol Police officer was killed and a second officer was injured after a car rammed a barricade at the U.S. Capitol, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said. Two sources confirmed to CBS News that the suspect has died.
The Capitol was placed on lockdown, with people told to shelter in place and avoid doors and windows. The incident occurred Friday afternoon at a checkpoint near the northern entrance.
“The suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand” and “lunged” at the officers, said the chief, Yogananda D. Pittman, The New York Times reported. At least one of the officers was medevaced to a hospital, an official told the Times.
The disturbance followed a Jan. 6 attack that killed five people at the Capitol when rioters overran Congress as members voted to ratify the 2020 presidential election results.
Journalist Jake Sherman posted video showing a helicopter landing near the building, hovering a few feet off the ground. An official briefed on the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least one of the officers had been airlifted to a hospital, The New York Times reported.
Congress is not in session.
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