A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured after a man drove a car into a security barricade at the Capitol complex on Friday, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said.
The driver was shot after jumping out of the car with a knife and failing to respond to verbal commands and “lunging” at the officers, Pittman said. The suspect was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
The Capitol Police indicated that two officers were injured after a person hit them in front of a security barrier, explaining that a car stormed the northern security barrier of the Congress building.
Capitol Police demanded that people inside the building not go out for the time being.
The Congress building was closed and entry or exit was prevented due to an “external threat”, pointing to the deployment of a number of forces to secure the building.