Capitol Police officer killed in vehicle attack identified as 18-year veteran

US Capitol on lockdown over security threat: Report

One person has died after slamming a vehicle into the security barrier surrounding the Capitol building, USA media report.

The suspect, who was later pronounced dead, crashed into the two officers on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol just after 1:00 p.m.

Authorities said that there wasn't an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism, though the Capitol was put on lockdown as a precaution.

The U.S. Capitol has been surrounded by a security fencing perimeter since the January 6 riot of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to prevent the counting of electoral college votes for President Joe Biden.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman says the officer died after the incident but did not immediately provide additional details.

The Congress is in recess and most lawmakers are away. "At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect".

The death is the latest moment of sorrow for a department after the loss of Brian Sicknick, who clashed with rioters during the January 6 insurrection and died a day later, and Howard Liebengood, who committed suicide weeks after that.

The U.S. Capitol was placed on a lockdown as a result of the incident.

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a vehicle that crashed into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021.

The suspect is reported to have emerged from the vehicle brandishing a knife before being shot by a police officer.

In a tweet Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol.

At that time, he started to lunge toward, run aggressively toward Capitol Police officers", Pittman said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered the Capitol flags to be flown at half mast in honour of the officer killed in the attack.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press the driver of the vehicle has been shot.

The Capitol was locked down and a National Guard team was deployed as police instructed staff to remain indoors.

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

Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.

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