Officer dies after man rams auto into barrier outside U.S. Capitol

US Capitol Police officers investigate a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington

U.S. National Guard members stand guard in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the United States, on April 2, 2021.

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said that an unidentified male suspect slammed his vehicle into two officers, exited the auto with a knife in his hand and "lunged" toward them.

The driver that rammed their vehicle into two US Capitol police officers and a barricade has also died after being shot by police.

She noted that the suspect had been pronounced dead, while two USCP officers were transported to different area hospitals, one of whom has since also died. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey."Despite losing his job, he posted an image of a certificate that said he'd donated $1,085 to the Nation of Islam as a "Saviours' Day 2021" gift.Green also wrote that he had been faced with "fear, hunger, loss of wealth, and diminution of fruit" in recent months, and was being sustained by faith "centered on the belief of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah."He also alluded to more mainstream trappings of young adulthood". The authorities have not yet confirmed the suspect's identity or specified a motive.

The killed police officer was named by Capitol Police as 18-year veteran William "Billy" Evans.

The officials said both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with at least one in serious condition.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement Friday evening praising Evans and the Capitol Police.

The U.S. Capitol complex was placed on lockdown for a time after Friday's shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police's radar.

Police closed several blocks of Constitution Avenue, the main boulevard running along the north side of the US Capitol building.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, witnesses reported a hail of gunfire outside the north barricade U.S. national legislature. "The suspect rammed his auto into two of our officers and then hit the north barricade barrier", Pittman said.

The FBI's Washington Field Office is responding to the situation and is now providing support to the Capitol Police. "At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased".

The exact cause of the police officer's death was not immediately clear.

Capitol Police and National Guard troops were called upon soon afterward to secure the Capitol during Biden's inauguration and faced another potential threat in early March linked to conspiracy theories falsely claiming Trump would retake the presidency.

Acting Chief Robert Contee also said there does not appear to be an ongoing threat.

After pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6, an officer from New Jersey died.

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