U.S. Capitol on lockdown after security incident

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U.S. Capitol Police say an officer has died after a suspect rammed his vehicle into two officers and lunged at officers with a knife before being shot.

The US Capitol complex was placed on temporary lockdown after the incident and staff were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

There was no immediate connection apparent between January 6 and Friday's crash.

However, White House press secretary said she is not aware of the situation at Capitol yet.

Both of the Capitol Police officers received emergency medical attention. "Even though the attacker left the vehicle with a knife in his hand and had run towards the police officers", the Capitol Police was quoted as saying.

The driver was shot after getting out of his auto and brandishing a knife, and later died at a hospital, the Associated Press said.

Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots. And I can't imagine saying that, that going to the United States Capitol to represent your constituents, is actually a unsafe thing in the United States of America.

Witnesses reported a auto crashed into a barrier outside of the Capitol shortly after 1 p.m. local time.

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They say, understandably, that it is scary to have your workplace attacked twice in a short space of time.

Capitol Police say the crash happened at a checkpoint near the Capitol.

The U.S. Capitol Police said on Twitter that the incident occurred at an access point along Constitution Avenue.

Authorities said that there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.

Police said the suspect died due to his injuries at 13:30 local time. Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on police radar. Congress is now on recess.

At that time, a man driving a blue sedan had rammed the auto into two officers standing at the North Barricade, according to police.

Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a vehicle that had crashed into a barrier.

Several hundred rioters broke down doors and windows and poured into the halls of the legislature, some calling for physical attacks on members of Congress and on then-vice president Mike Pence, who was there to preside over a session to formally declare Joe Biden the victor of the election.

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