Officer, suspect dead after auto rams into Capitol barricade

Capitol Police officer William Billy Evans an 18-year veteran of the force died Friday after a man drove his vehicle into a police barrier and lunged at officers with a knife

The suspect's name has not been released, but he died at a hospital. "This has been an extremely hard time for the US Capitol police after the events of 6 January, and after the events that have occurred here today", she said.

"Please keep officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers", Pittman said in a statement. It comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

The vehicle hit a barricade just outside the Senate, on a street that had recently been reopened after the January 6 insurrection.

Police said they did not yet know what had motivated the attacker, and they did not identify him.

One U.S Capitol Police officer died and another was injured Friday when a driver slammed a vehicle into a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol.

Nearly 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded then, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one officer with cracked ribs, according to the officers' union.

Five people died in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election.

The incident occurred as both the House and Senate were in recess, though both buildings have staff - and reporters - working inside.

The officials initially said the suspect was being taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The incident comes almost three months after the deadly 6 January riot at the Capitol.

The police also notified road closures "due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the US Capitol".

That's according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday.

Two officers were struck by the vehicle and have been taken to hospital.

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.

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

Television footage showed a blue sedan that had crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, but lawmakers are away for recess. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

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