US Capitol put on lockdown after 2 cops rammed by vehicle

U.S. Capitol on lockdown after security incident

Two officers, one from Capitol Police and another from Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, died by suicide following the January 6 attack.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. Capitol staff were instructed by Capitol Police to remain indoors and away from external windows due to an "external security threat". She says the suspect then exited the vehicle with a knife and lunged at the officers.

Congress is now on recess for the Easter holiday.

It comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after an insurrection by supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

Capitol police officials said the driver rammed their auto into a barricade along Constitution Avenue.

Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that the driver who rammed a vehicle into two police officers outside the U.S. Capitol has died after being shot by authorities.

"Please join me in prayer for the two Capitol Police officers and their families", McCarthy tweeted.

It doesn't appear the driver was known to Capitol or Metro Police, officials said.

Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman did not identify the slain officer or suspect.

While the incident remains under investigation, some have alleged that Trump and supporters encouraged the attack and that Trump officials held back on deploying additional law enforcement and troops to fight back the attackers.

Tensions in Washington have remained high in the wake of the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The officials say the suspect was critically wounded and was taken into custody.

The entry point on Constitution Avenue where the vehicle struck the barricade is frequently used by senators and staff.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle.

CBS News reported that security officials had already warned congressional staffers of a threat before the car-ramming. All staff members were told they can not leave the building and were advised to stay away from windows.

President Joe Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. Anyone outside was instructed to seek cover.

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