(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — One of two injured U.S. Capitol Police officers is dead after a suspect rammed their car into the north barricade of the Capitol complex Friday afternoon, hitting two officers and exiting the vehicle with a weapon, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference.
Police opened fire and the suspect is dead.
The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) said in a tweet shortly before 1:30 p.m. ET that they were “responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers.” The USCP later corrected the location to Constitution Avenue.
Police said in the tweet that both officers and the suspect were transported to the hospital.
Investigators are attempting to determine if the incident was an intentional attack, a briefed federal official told ABC News. There was no heightened threat posture at the Capitol prior to the incident. Congress is in recess and many staff offices are closed in observance of Good Friday.
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