Car rams Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot


Both officers were hospitalized, and one of them "succumbed to his injuries", Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

Police identified the slain officer as William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department's first responders unit.

The U.S. Capitol was placed under lockdown Friday after a person rammed their vehicle into a security barricade at the complex, killing one officer and injuring another.

The officials initially said the suspect was being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots. Law enforcement is working to understand the motive behind this incident.

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the U.S. Capitol.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the assault inspired by Trump's groundless claims that he had lost the November presidential election due to massive fraud.

"This has been an extremely hard time for US Capitol police after the events of January 6, and now the events that have occurred here today", she continued.

Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after an attack on January 6 by thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

Unnamed officials familiar with the investigation confirmed to CNN, The New York Times and NBC News that the suspect was identified as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana.

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In the incident, a vehicle rammed a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday afternoon (US time), killing one officer and injuring another.

Two officers were struck by the vehicle and have been taken to hospital.

"Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our Country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. The suspect was shot and died at the hospital.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.

The Capitol was locked down and a National Guard team was deployed as police instructed staff to remain indoors.

President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.

Television footage showed a blue sedan that had crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.

One Capitol Police officer died as a result of the attack, as well as four others individuals who took part or were nearby.