US Capitol under lockdown after security threat

A car crashed into a barrier outside the U.S. Capitol

The suspect drove a vehicle into the officers, got out of the auto and lunged at them, with a knife in his hand, Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the United States Capitol Police, told a news conference.

Investigators were digging into his background and examining whether he had any history of mental health problems as they tried to discern a motive. "Please keep the entire USCP and the family of the officer in your thoughts & prayers today", McKinley tweeted.

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

Since then security officials have said there is an ongoing threat from extreme right groups and Trump supporters.

President Joe Biden, who was with First Lady Jill Biden at Camp David for the Easter holiday, offered his "heartfelt condolences" to the family of William Evans, the veteran policeman killed in the attack.

The danger on Friday was limited as Congress was in recess and relatively few people were in the building. "All three have been transported to the hospital", the US Capitol Police said on Twitter. "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. The driver who rammed the officers is dead, reports said.

Whether the extra fencing around the Capitol was needed after the deadly January 6 insurrection has been a point of controversy in Washington, D.C. And despite Greene's sign, the fencing is under the purview of U.S. Capitol Police, not Pelosi, and was erected by law enforcement and the military. As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-staff.

The incident unfolded shortly before 2pm local time in Washington DC.

Five people died in the January 6 attack, including Sicknick, as far-right rioters rampaged through the halls of Congress, inspired by former President Donald Trump's false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

According to the Capitol Police, the second officer is in stable and non-threatening condition.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 inspecting the vehicle.

"I drive through this checkpoint and wave to the officers guarding it almost every day that I'm in Washington".

The U.S. Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

A Sputnik correspondent at the scene witnessed and took photos of National Guard troops positioned around the perimeter, some carrying riot shields and other protective equipment.

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