On Friday afternoon, a car crashed into two Capitol police officers, a driver was shot deadly, and the Capitol was closed just three months after the fatal riot on January 6.
After hitting a policeman guarding a barricade outside the building, the driver jumped out of the car, wielding a knife, law enforcement sources told The Daily Beast. The suspect slashed the policeman with a knife before being shot dead. WNBC report.
“USCP is compatible with North Barricade vehicle access points. [Constitution] “Avenue to report that someone thrust the vehicle into two USCP officers,” Capitol Police said. statement..
“The suspect has been detained. Both officers have been injured. All three have been taken to the hospital.”
The DC Metropolitan Police Department told The Daily Beast that a phone call was made to the unit block on Constitution Avenue in the northeast at around 1:05 pm to report a possible shooting.
“We are currently transporting two patients,” a fire department spokesman told The Daily Beast, but did not reveal whether the patients were police officers or civilians.
Several Congressional reporters tweeted photos and videos of the scene in front of them. Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich said a stretcher had been brought in for the injured.
Jake Sherman of Punch Bowl News said the helicopter had landed on the grounds of the Capitol.
What’s inside Parliament building was informed of the situation, “No entry or exit” and “Keep away from outside windows and doors” alerts.
The National Guard and Metropolitan Police Department police quickly blocked two long blocks along Constitution Avenue, and the FBI’s Washington Field office responded to the incident, a spokesman told The Daily Beast.
“I pray for the Capitol police officers attacked in the Capitol,” tweeted Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “We are still learning what is happening. Thanks to all the USCPs and first responders in the field.”
“We are now trying to understand what is happening in the Capitol, so keep the Capitol police and the first responders in your prayers,” said Rep. Peter Meyer (R-MI). Tweet..
Congress is adjourned. That is, the majority of lawmakers are not near the building, but staff and other staff are inside the building. President Joe Biden left Washington, DC for Camp David on Friday.