A Capitol police officer was killed Friday after a person rammed a automotive into two officers at a barricade exterior the US Capitol, Washington, D.C. after which emerged wielding a knife, legislation enforcement officers mentioned.
Each officers have been hospitalised, and one in every of them “succumbed to his accidents”, Capitol Police Performing Chief Yogananda Pittman advised reporters. The suspect died at a hospital, officers mentioned.
Pittman didn’t determine the slain officer or suspect. Authorities mentioned that there was not an ongoing risk and that the assault didn’t seem like associated to terrorism.
There was additionally no fast connection obvious between Friday’s crash and the January 6 riot, as reported FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and Reuters.
The crash and capturing occurred at a safety checkpoint close to the Capitol whereas Congress is on recess. It comes because the Washington, D.C. area stays on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.
Tv footage confirmed a blue sedan that had crashed right into a safety barrier on one of many streets resulting in Congress, as what seemed to be the injured officers being loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.
Dozens of police vehicles, marked and unmarked, raced in the direction of the Capitol constructing. All roads resulting in the complicated have been blocked by police or law enforcement officials.
A helicopter was seen hovering overhead and observers have been ordered to go away the world.
Authorities have begun solely prior to now couple of weeks to take away the outer ring of excessive, razor-wire-topped fencing erected across the sprawling Capitol complicated following the January 6 assault by 1000’s of supporters of then-president Donald Trump.
5 individuals, together with a Capitol Police officer, died within the assault impressed by Trump’s groundless claims that he had misplaced the November presidential election on account of large fraud.
Since then safety officers have mentioned there’s an ongoing risk from excessive proper teams and Trump supporters.
Greater than 300 individuals have been charged within the January assault, together with members of armed extremist teams such because the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and 100 extra are anticipated to be charged, in response to Justice Division court docket filings.
In latest weeks some safety has been loosened, with the variety of armed Nationwide Guard troops on the Capitol lowered and a safety fence that created a broad perimeter across the Capitol complicated eliminated.
The hazard on Friday was restricted as Congress was in recess and comparatively few individuals have been within the constructing.