Source: United States Capitol Police (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: United States Capitol Police Officer has died after being rammed by a vehicle at a United States Capitol security checkpoint on Friday, April 2nd, 2021.
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According to the United States Capitol Police, “Just after 1:00 p.m. ET, a man in a blue sedan rammed his vehicle into the North Barricade at the U.S. Capitol, striking 2 USCP officers. The Department immediately locked down the Capitol Campus. The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers. At least one officer, drew their weapon and shot the suspect. One USCP officer was transported by a USCP cruiser to the hospital. The second USCP officer was transported by DC Fire and EMS. The suspect was also transported by DC Fire and EMS to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 1:30 p.m. ET.”
The investigation is ongoing and United States Capitol Police will provide more details as soon as we can.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said there no longer appeared to be an ongoing threat.
“It does not appear to be terrorism-related, but obviously we’ll continue to investigate to see if there is some type of nexus along those lines,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee.
“This has been an extremely difficult time for Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today,” said Acting United States Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman.
Reports that the United States Capitol building was on lockdown following the incident, but has since been lifted.
There continues to be a massive response of National Guard members in the area immediately following the latest incident at the United States Capitol.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ordered the flags at the United States Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the officer’s death.
United States President Joe Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.
At 1:56 p.m. PT, White House Press Secretary Jen Paski posted on the White House website as well as on Twitter a statement from United States President Joe Biden regarding the incident Friday at the United States Capitol.
“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life. We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it. I have been receiving ongoing briefings from my Homeland Security Advisor, and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds. I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. 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,” United States President Joe Biden said in his statement.
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the United States Capitol Police Officer who was killed today.
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