Washington (Associated Press)-A law enforcement official said that a man crashed into two police officers on a roadblock outside the U.S. Capitol and then appeared with a knife. A Congressman was killed on Friday.
Officials said the suspect died in the hospital. The Acting Commissioner of the Congressional Police, Yogenanda Pittman, told reporters that both police officers have been hospitalized, and one of them “died as a result of injury.”
Pittman did not disclose the killed or suspects. The authorities say there is no longer a continuing threat and the attack does not appear to be related to terrorism. There was also no direct connection between Friday’s crash and the January 6 riots.
During the adjournment of Congress, the crash and shooting occurred at a security checkpoint near the Capitol. After Congress voted to prove that Joe Biden won the presidential election, armed insurgents rioted the Capitol, and the Washington area has remained on the fringe for nearly three months.
Five people were killed in the January 6 riots, including Congressman Brian Sicknick, who was trying to counter the insurgents who supported former President Donald Trump to overthrow the election. Much. Authorities have installed high walls around the Capitol and have restricted access along the building’s nearest road for months, but they have begun to withdraw some emergency measures in recent weeks.
There was no obvious direct connection between January 6 and the crash on Friday. Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have received the attention of the police. But the incident emphasized that buildings and campuses are still potential targets of violence. It happened about 1
Senators and staff usually use security checkpoints on weekdays, but members of Congress are reluctant to go to meetings. The fence blocking the passage of vehicles near the area has recently been removed.
Officials initially stated that the suspect had been taken to the hospital in a critical condition. One of the injured police officers was taken to the hospital by a police car. Officials said the other was transported by emergency medical personnel.
After the shooting, the U.S. Capitol building was sealed off and the staff were told that they could not enter or leave the building. The video shows the National Guard troops mobilizing near the crash area.
A video posted online showed a dark car hitting an obstacle in the vehicle and a police officer K-9 inspected the vehicle. It can be seen that law enforcement and nursing staff take care of at least one unidentified person.
When the incident occurred, President Biden had just left the White House for Camp David. As usual, he traveled with the staff of the National Security Council, who should brief him on the incident.