As we reported earlier, a suspect rammed a car into a barrier in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. just after 1:00 p.m. and hit two Capitol Police officers and hit the north barricade along Constitution Avenue on the Senate side of the building.
The suspect then allegedly got out of the car wielding something between a knife and a machete, after which the suspect lunged at the police officers, and was shot and killed by the Capitol Police.
One of the two officers was injured and the other has unfortunately died at the hospital, according to Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman.
BREAKING: a #Capitol Police officer has died from injuries sustained in the attack.
Suspect also dead.pic.twitter.com/tJQ6x5RNmT
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) April 2, 2021
According to Fox, the person is not believed to be connected to any groups and is described as a “lone wolf.” Pittman said that they didn’t have the suspect in any files.
The Capitol buildings were immediately put on lockdown due to the threat.
The Metropolitan Police and the FBI will be assisting the Capitol Police in their response to the incident.
According to the MPD, they said there didn’t appear to be an ongoing threat. Chief Robert Conte said it did not at this point appear to be terrorism-related. He said it didn’t appear tied to any particular member of Congress.
NEW: Metropolitan Police chief on U.S. Capitol incident:
– "Does not appear to be terrorism related."
– "At this time it does not appear to be an ongoing threat."
– Suspect not known to Capitol Police or Metropolitan Police
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 2, 2021
“Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), tweeted. “We are still learning what’s taken place. Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene.”
National Guard also appears to have responded after the incident to protect the area.