Multiple U.S. Capitol Police Officers Injured in New Potentially Deadly Attack
Two United States Capitol Police Officers were injured on Friday when a man rammed his 4-door compact sedan into a barricade at a security checkpoint on the north side of the Capitol this Friday afternoon. At least one officer is in critical condition. MSNBC reports the attacker died of his injuries.
The Capitol complex quickly went into lockdown mode.
Although Congress is enjoying its spring recess this week, a memo was sent to lawmakers’ offices, staffers, and building personnel to stay put:
Due to an external security threat, no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover.
The as-yet-unnamed suspect who tried to attack the Capitol police with his car continued the rampage by attempting to stab the cops protecting our seat of government. They shot the attacker before apprehending him.
Per the AP:
Capitol Police say that someone ‘rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers’ and that a suspect was taken into custody.
The law enforcement officials told the AP that the suspect was shot and was being taken to the hospital in critical condition. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police car to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical crews, the officials said.
The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
A medivac helicopter evacuated one of the officers for medical treatment.
This is a developing story.