A police officer was killed and another injured on Friday after a vehicle crashed into a barricade outside the United States Capitol complex in Washington DC, AFP reported. "USCP is working to notify the officer's next of kin before it releases additional information", police said in the statement.
The US Capitol went into lockdown on Friday (local time) after the incident at the North Barricade vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue outside the iconic building.
Nearly 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded in that attack, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one with cracked ribs, according to the officers' union.
Evans, had been a member of the USCP for 18 years and was a member of the Capitol Division's First Responder's Unit.
Vice President Kamala Harris condoled the death of the officer, saying that he made the "ultimate sacrifice" to protect the Capitol and the people who work there, reported ANI.
"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the US Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the US Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life", Biden said in a statement.
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"The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers".
The US Capitol complex has been locked down.
Police say the suspect rammed his auto into two Capitol police officers at a security checkpoint on Friday, killing one and injuring the other. One USCP officer was transported by a USCP cruiser to the hospital. The suspect died after being shot by the police.
Biden also lowered White House flags.
Following the January attack, fencing was erected around the Capitol complex and thousands of National Guard troops were sent to Washington.
On January 7, hundreds of supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol complex as members of the Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential elections, which Biden won.
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