Steve April 2, 2021

A Capitol police officer is dead after a car rammed into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon.

The driver exited vehicle while appearing to brandish a knife before being shot and killed by authorities, police said.

Both officers were hospitalized, and one of them “succumbed to his injuries,” Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

Pittman did not identify the slain officer or suspect.

The crash and shooting happened at a checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess. It comes as the Washington region remains on edge nearly three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.

🚨🚨A helicopter just landed on the east front of the Capitol. I’ve never seen anything like this before. ever.

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 2, 2021

BREAKING: reports of shots fired at the US #capitol

Vehicle rammed into two officers.

— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) April 2, 2021

JUST IN – Car smashed into the barrier at US Capitol complex. Two people are on stretchers.

— 🚨 (@disclosetv) April 2, 2021

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