Officer killed in US Capitol car-ramming attack


The lockdown at the U.S. Capitol was lifted about two hours after a person rammed a vehicle into barriers surrounding the complex on Friday afternoon, leaving one police officer dead and another injured. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police auto to hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.

UPDATE: Sorry to report but one of the police officers has died.

President Joe Biden, who was with First Lady Jill Biden at Camp David for the Easter holiday, offered his "heartfelt condolences" to the family of William Evans, the veteran policeman killed in the attack. Video showed National Guard troops mobilizing near the area of the crash.

The police identified the deceased officer as William "Billy" Evans, who police said had served as a member of the force since 2003.

Temporary perimeter fences had been erected around the Capitol building and office buildings for extra security after a pro-Trump mob rioted on January 6 in an attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying President Biden as the victor of the November election.

But CBS News reported that security officials had already warned congressional staffers of a threat before the auto ramming.

In 1998, two Capitol Police officers, Jacob J. Chestnut and John M. Gibson, were killed by a gunman who had charged past security barriers.

The suspect rammed the north barricade and exited the vehicle with a weapon and was shot by Capitol Police, according to law enforcement sources.

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Pittman said the U.S. Capitol Police did not have the suspect on file, so there is at present no indication that "there's any nexus to any member of Congress". "This has been an extremely hard time for the US Capitol police after the events of 6 January, and after the events that have occurred here today", she said.

The crash and shooting happened as Congress is on recess.

The incident occurred as both the House and Senate were in recess, though both buildings have staff - and reporters - working inside. Large sections of fencing that secluded much of the surrounding area for months have only begun to come down in recent weeks.

Nearly 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded then, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one officer with cracked ribs, according to the officers' union. It took hours for the National Guard to arrive, a delay that has driven months of finger-pointing between that day's key decision makers.

"On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful".

Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS crews transported the suspect and one of the injured officers to the hospital.

Acting chief of US Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Robert Contee told reporters the MPD's homicide and internal affairs divisions were taking over the investigation of the crime scene.

Staffers on the Hill were sent a message from U.S. Capitol Police around 1:20 p.m. ET saying "due to an external security threat" that "no entry or exit is permitted". Several thousands of the National Guard troops still remain in Washington, D.C. over security concerns. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.