US Capitol lockdown lifted after one officer, suspect killed in vehicle attack

Ruben Fields
April 3, 2021

Capitol Police say that someone "rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers" and that a suspect was taken into custody.

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.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told pool reporters that President Joe Biden, who arrived at Camp David at noontime on Friday to spend the Easter weekend, is "aware" of the Capitol incident.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays. Law enforcement is working to understand the motive behind this incident.

Acting Chief Robert Contee also said there does not appear to be an ongoing threat.

The suspect's name has not been released, but he died at a hospital.

Top officials expressed shock over the attack and sympathy for Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force. "He is a martyr for our democracy", Pelosi said.

"I'm heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family".

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Capitol Police said that someone rammed a vehicle into two of its officers.

Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton issued a statement after the attack.

But Congress is now in recess, meaning the majority of politicians are not at the Capitol complex today.

"If you are outside, seek cover", the messages said, while television footage showed what appeared to be the injured officers being loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 dog inspecting the vehicle. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police vehicle to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was only recently removed.

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

"I drive through this checkpoint and wave to the officers guarding it almost every day that I'm in Washington".

"It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William "Billy" Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant", Pittman said in the statement.

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