Suspect in U.S. Capitol attack suffered delusions

Capitol police say a suspect rammed a vehicle into officers before lunging at them with a knife

According to the U.S. Capitol Police, the suspect exited a auto with a weapon and lunged at officers.

"At this time, the suspect has been pronounced dead", Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

During the network's 2 p.m. ET program "Katy Tur Reports", NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams provided reporting on the then-unidentified suspect, who had just died, Fox News reported. "Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years". "We know what a hard time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it". The Capitol Police last week began taking down some of the security fencing around the outer perimeter of the complex, easing up on checkpoints and allowing cars to drive closer to the halls of Congress.

President Joe Biden, who was with first lady Jill Biden at Camp David for the Easter holiday, offered his "heartfelt condolences" to the family of William Evans, the veteran policeman killed in the attack.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags lowered to half-staff on the Capitol, calling Evans "a martyr for our democracy". Miriam Carey's family said she suffered from postpartum depression with psychosis but was not unsafe.

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The incident occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol, which is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.

It comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.

The question of security at the Capitol has generated a heated debate in Congress amid a highly politicised environment following the Jan 6 riot and former president Donald Trump's role in inciting his supporters to violence. It took hours for the National Guard to arrive, a delay that has driven months of finger-pointing among that day's key decision makers.

Two officers, one from Capitol Police and another from Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, died by suicide following the January 6 attack.

One officer has died of their injuries, another is in hospital in a "stable and non-threatening condition". "It looks bad to have the beacon of our democracy surrounded by razor wire and National Guard troops".

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