The US Capitol was placed on lockdown Friday after a vehicle rammed into two police officers and also hit a barricade. Among those officers died from his injuries, acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said during a media briefing.
US Capitol Police stated there was a”external security threat at the North Barricade” of the US Capitol along Constitution Avenue. Just following 1 ET, a defendant drove his automobile into two officers and then hit the North Barricade, said Pittman. The suspect then exited the car with a knife hand, was shot by US Capitol Police officers and has been pronounced dead,” Pittman said.
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The investigation is being managed by the DC Metropolitan Police Department. At this time, there does not seem to be any ongoing threat from the incident, said behaving Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee.
Images and videos in the scene were shared on social websites , showing a huge police response. Congressional offices were reportedly told that no entrance or exit from buildings would be allowed and that people should stay away from exterior doors and windows.
Congress is not in session, but a few lawmakers, staffers, journalists and police are still from the buildings. Security at the US Capitol has come under the microscope after a mob stormed the building Jan. 6 since Congress assembled to affirm the results of the presidential election.