Auto rams U.S. Capitol barricade, injuring 2 cops; suspect shot

Saturday, 03 Apr, 2021

Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that the driver who rammed a auto into two police officers outside the U.S. Capitol has died after being shot by authorities.

No information was immediately available on the identity or condition of the driver.

Law enforcement officials confirmed that after hitting the two officers, the driver jumped out of the vehicle with a knife and was shot by Capitol police.

A senior congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source told CNN that after the driver of the vehicle rammed his auto into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing a knife. Robert Contee, the acting D.C. police chief, said the incident "does not appear to be terrorism-related" and that there was no indication of a "nexus to a member of Congress".

President Joe Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. "Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years".

The driver was then shot by police and died later in hospital. Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered all flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of Evans, the fallen officer.

"Today, America's heart has been broken by the tragic and heroic death of one of our Capitol Police heroes: Officer William Evans". One of the officers who was injured was taken by police vehicle to the hospital; the other was transported by emergency medical crews.

US Capitol on lockdown over security threat: Report
US Capitol under lockdown after security threat

The attack came as psyches remained scarred and security tight after the January assault on Congress by hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The incident unfolded shortly before 2pm local time in Washington DC. Congress is now on recess.

It appears at least one injured party was transported by helicopter. A quick response force - the contingent of troops deputized in the aftermath of the January 6 attack - was activated shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to a person familiar with the matter. The driver of the auto was shot by police and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Officials said there was no ongoing threat.

In recent weeks some security around the complex has been loosened, with the number of armed National Guard troops at the Capitol reduced and a security fence that created a broad perimeter around the Capitol complex removed.

The National Guard was seen responding to Friday's attack, and later confirmed it had been deployed to the Capitol.

"I just ask that the public continue to keep USCP and their families in their prayers", she said at Friday's news conference.

-Security officials recently started scaling back fencing around U.S. Capitol.