US Capitol complex on lockdown after reports motorist rams officers

US Capitol Police officers investigate a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington

Members of the National Guard stand along streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings following a security threat at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2021.

The US Capitol building has been put on a lockdown after a vehicle rammed into the legislative seat of America, leaving at least two officers wounded, police said Friday. The outer ring of fencing was taken down just this week, although an inner ring of fencing remains around the U.S. Capitol building. Authorities said that there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism. It 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. Congress is now on recess.

A auto rammed a barricade outside the US Capitol killing one officer and injuring another.

The death is the latest moment of sorrow for a department after the loss of Brian Sicknick, who clashed with rioters during the January 6 insurrection and died a day later, and Howard Liebengood, who committed suicide weeks after that.

Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January riots. One Capitol Police officer was killed after a vehicle rammed two officers on duty.

At the time Trump's supporters shouted slogans including "Stop the Steal" and "Hang Mike Pence" as they attacked the Capitol and said they hoped to stop the election certification.

There were reports of gun shots at the Capitol as the incident unfolded and police ordered staff via a broadcast text message to shelter in place.

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.

The law enforcement officials told the AP that the suspect was shot and was being taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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

Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.

The Capitol was locked down and a National Guard team was deployed as police instructed staff to remain indoors.



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