U.S. Capitol on lockdown after report of gunfire nearby

Capitol Police officer William Billy Evans an 18-year veteran of the force died Friday after a man drove his vehicle into a police barrier and lunged at officers with a knife

Pittman said one of the officers was killed and the other was injured.

But permanent barriers remain in place on all the roadway entrances to the Capitol, well-manned by police and national guard.

"This time it does not appear to be an ongoing threat", Robert Contee, the acting chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters Friday.

Two officers were struck by the vehicle and have been taken to hospital.

Members of Congress were not in Washington on Friday, with both the Senate and House of Representatives in recess for the Easter holiday.

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the US Capitol.

The officials initially said the suspect was being taken to the hospital in critical condition. "This has been an extremely hard time for United States after Jan 6 riots", the Capitol Police said.

Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after an attack on January 6 by thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump. A street sign visible on the right side of the picture indicates she was standing on Independence Avenue, which is on the south side of the Capitol building (opposite of where the April 2 incident occurred).

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Whether the extra fencing around the Capitol was needed after the deadly January 6 insurrection has been a point of controversy in Washington, D.C. And despite Greene's sign, the fencing is under the purview of U.S. Capitol Police, not Pelosi, and was erected by law enforcement and the military. Pittman said the man didn't comply with police commands and was fatally shot.

Unnamed officials familiar with the investigation confirmed to CNN, The New York Times and NBC News that the suspect was identified as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana.

That's according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday.

The U.S. Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting and staff were told they could not enter or exit buildings.

Dozens of National Guard troops, who have been stationed at the Capitol since the January attack, quickly deployed after the incident.

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

The entry point on Constitution Avenue where the vehicle struck the barricade is directly where Senators and their staff come to the Capitol each day, according to observers. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

US President Joe Biden has also sent his condolences to the family of the slain officer.

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