The attack killed two people – one of the police officers and a suspect in the attack
All buildings that make up the US Capitol Campus in Washington were locked down Friday afternoon following reports of gunfire in the area. According to law enforcement agencies, the attacker rammed the car in which there were two Capitol police officers with his car.
The incident occurred at the entry point to the Capitol compound near Independence Avenue, on the so-called North Barricade.
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The suspect in the attack died in the hospital. Both police officers were injured and taken to hospital, later one of them also died from his injuries. A police spokesman confirmed this information at a press briefing.
As told to reporters, acting. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, the suspect rammed a police car, then got out of his car and attacked police officers with a knife in his hand. In response, the police opened fire, the suspect died of his wounds.
“It looks like it has nothing to do with terrorism, but … the investigation is still ongoing,” said Robert Conti, Acting President. Chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
The police have not yet been able to name the attacker. The motives that prompted the man to attack the police are also unknown.
“It’s clear that (the suspect) was actively trying to get to someone or something else – we just don’t know right now, so we have to investigate this to get to the bottom of it,” Conti said.
Due to the emergency, all entrances and exits to the Capitol are blocked “due to a threat to external security.” Employees are not allowed to enter or leave buildings on campus.