US Capitol on lockdown over security threat

BREAKING Emergency situation at US Capitol armed suspect shot after ramming car into officers

An officer has died after a man rammed a vehicle into a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife Friday. It was the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still struggling to heal from the January 6 insurrection. "At least one officer, drew their weapon and shot the suspect".

The suspect - who has since been pronounced dead - entered the North barricade of the Capitol just after 1 p.m. ET, ramming his auto into two officers and then crashing into a barrier, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a briefing.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of the U.S. Capitol Police Officer who lost his life today protecting the very symbol of our democracy", Mayorkas said in a statement Friday.

Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the U.S. Capitol. The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers.

"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.

The incident comes almost three months after the deadly 6 January riot at the Capitol.

The incident occurred about 100 yards from the entrance to the Senate side of the capitol, at a security checkpoint ordinarily used by senators and staff.

The crash and shooting happened as Congress is on recess.

Five people died in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election.

In recent weeks, some security has been loosened, with the number of armed National Guard troops at the Capitol reduced and a security fence that created a broad perimeter around the Capitol complex removed. USCP lifted an hours-long lockdown of the Capitol Friday afternoon after law enforcement determined the "external security threat" had been cleared.

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The suspect was shot and died at a hospital, officials said. But the attack underscores that the building and campus - and the officers charged with protecting them - remain potential targets for violence. He was a Capitol police officer since 2003.

Acting Chief of Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman speaks during a press conference near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC.

Nearly 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded then, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one officer with cracked ribs, according to the officers' union.

The White House said the president has been briefed on the situation.

Earlier reports said two officers were injured in the attack.

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

Video posted online showed a blue sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier near the Capitol complex, and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle.

Federal and local law enforcement sources told CNN that the suspect has been identified as Noah Green.

That assault took place while the House of Representatives and Senate, with the Senate presided over by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's November election victory over the Republican Trump.

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