2 officers injured after vehicle rams US Capitol barrier; suspect dead

The US Capitol

The Metro Police Department also responded to investigate the officer-involved shooting, Capitol Police said during a news conference.

President Joe Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, was briefed on the incident, the White House said.

The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, though most are away from the building during the current recess.

USCP acting chief Yogananda Pittman said the suspect crashed a auto into a barrier outside the Capitol, "did not respond to verbal commands", and then started "lunging" toward the officers, who fired upon and killed the suspect.

Suspected rioters were seen scaling the Capitol walls, breaking windows, walking onto the Senate and House floor and attacking police officers.

The official could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. He exited the vehicle and began "lunging" toward police with a knife visible in his hand, at which point officers fired their weapons, killing the suspect. There was also no immediate connection apparent between Friday's crash and the January 6 riot.

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the U.S. Capitol.

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NBC News reporter Jake Sherman captured a video of a helicopter landing on the east front of the Capitol.

In July 2009, Capitol Police officers fatally shot Kellen Anthony White, 27, after he led authorities on a vehicle chase and shot at officers.

Other attacks included members of the Weather Underground setting off an explosive on the Senate side of the Capitol in 1971 and the 1983 bombing of the building, which marked the beginning of tighter security measures throughout the property.

A fence was erected around the Capitol Campus following the attack at the Capitol on January 6.

Video posted online showed a dark-colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle.

The danger on Friday was limited as Congress was in recess and relatively few people were in the building.

The incident comes as the Washington region remains 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. According to screenshots of a text alert, staff in the building were warned of an "external security threat".

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