Suspect Dead, 2 Officers Critically Injured After Capitol Ramming Attack, National Guard Deployed

Suspect Dead, 2 Officers Critically Injured After Capitol Ramming Attack, National Guard Deployed

(Update 1428ET): ABC is reporting the suspect has died after being transported to the hospital:

After reports that someone hit two U.S. Capitol Police officers with a car, Capitol Police opened fire at the north barricade of the Capitol complex, law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

Two officers are said to be injured, one critically, the sources said. Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the suspect is dead.

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Additional National Guard troops, which were already in the area, have been deployed to the scene:

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Chaos has unfolded outside the Capitol building after a vehicle smashed into police that were guarding a barricaded entrance. It’s also being described as a possible shooting incident which left at least one officer seriously injured. The Capitol complex is now on lockdown as a huge emergency response is underway, according to breaking reports. 

According to a US Capitol Police statement, it is currently “responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody.” The suspect was shot by police and is said to be in critical condition.

The statement adds “Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”

It doesn’t appear Congressional members were present or near the site of the vehicle attack incident, which seems to be over as police and emergency vehicles have taken over the scene. 

The AP reported that gunfire rang out in the area, before police with sirens blaring descended on the site. Further details describe:

The incident occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the Jan. 6 riots.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays. Congress is currently on recess.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier, and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

It appears the suspect vehicle failed to stop before police opened fire according to the emerging details.

A look at the blue sedan that rammed through the police checkpoint:

VOA News White House correspondent Steve Herman writes that “The suspect was shot after getting out of the car with a knife, according to media reports.”

Meanwhile…

developing…

Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/02/2021 – 14:28

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