One US Capitol Police officer has died and another is injured after a suspect rammed a vehicle into a police barricade outside the Capitol building Friday afternoon, the department's acting chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters during a press briefing roughly two hours after initial reports of the attack first surfaced.
Both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with one of the officers dying as a result of undisclosed injuries, officials said.
The suspect, per multiple reports, is dead.
In a later statement, Ms Pittman named the officer as William "Billy" Evans, who had been a member of the Capitol Police for 18 years.
Capitol Police issued an all-clear just after 3:00 p.m., lifting the lockdown for those inside the various Capitol buildings.
Pittman says the suspect rammed a barricade near the U.S. Capitol.
Congress is now on recess.
The law enforcement officials told the AP that the suspect was shot and was being taken to the hospital in critical condition.
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He exited the vehicle and ran towards the officers - at least one of whom drew a weapon and shot the suspect.
The crash happened at a security checkpoint that is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, but lawmakers are away for recess. The Capitol Police closed several blocks around the building as law enforcement responded to the scene. The law enforcement officials told the AP that the driver then got out of the auto with what appeared to be a knife.
The locality around the US Capitol and congressional office buildings were immediately put on a lockdown as dozens of marked and unmarked police cars raced toward America's legislative seat. The Capitol complex was locked down after the shooting.
"No National Guard members were injured in the incident at the Capitol. All three have been transported to the hospital".
However, White House press secretary said she is not aware of the situation at Capitol yet.
"Whether the attack was at law enforcement, or whoever, we have a responsibility to get to the bottom of it and we'll do that", Robert Contee, the acting chief of Washington DC's Metropolitan Police Department, said at a news conference on Friday.
The D.C. National Guard said it deployed a quick reaction force, comprising National Guard soldiers and airmen, to the Capitol complex to support the U.S. Capitol Police.
Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after the January 6 rampage.
Both officers were hospitalised, and one of them "succumbed to his injuries", said Mr Pittman, who did not identify the slain officer or suspect.