Two US Capitol police officers injured after suspect rams auto into barrier

Saturday, 03 Apr, 2021

Members of Congress, who were in their home districts for the Easter and Passover holidays, once again mourned the loss of a Capitol Police officer, a member of the force that protects them when they're in Washington.

Evans' death rocked a force already reeling since the January 6 mob attack on the Capitol that left another officer, Brian Sicknick, dead.

Dozens of police cars, marked and unmarked, raced toward the Capitol building.

Capitol Police shot dead the driver after he jumped out of the vehicle and lunged at them with a knife, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. "At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect". "So I ask that you keep our US Capitol police family in your thoughts and prayers".

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, and the FBI's Washington Field Office said it was providing support to the Capitol Police.

- U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021Appears that a vehicle smashed into the barrier. Since the riot on 6 January, the complex has been like a fortress with barbed wire, metal fencing and heightened security.

There were unconfirmed initial reports of a shooting that appear to be incorrect.

There are just less than 2,200 U.S. National Guard troops providing additional security at the U.S. Capitol Complex since that riot, which left one U.S. Capitol Police officer dead and many others injured.

That assault took place while the House of Representatives and Senate, with the Senate presided over by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's November election victory over the Republican Trump.

During a press briefing, Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman officially announced the death of the suspect and one of the officers.

US Capitol police officers and National Guard troops walk near the scene after the attack on Friday.

Right-leaning social media personalities echoed reports that Green was a Nation of Islam follower, although no motive for the attack has been made public, as of this writing, by Capitol Police or the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Ms Pittman said there was no existing police file on the suspect.

The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress was on recess.

Video posted online showed a dark-coloured sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle.

Authorities said there wasn't an ongoing threat, though the Capitol was put on lockdown for a time as a precaution.