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The vehicle crashed into a security fence before the driver lunged toward officers with a knife, police said.
Officers then opened fire and the suspect, who has not been identified, was shot and killed.
At a news conference on Friday, the acting chief of police in Washington DC said the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.
“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce that one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at the conference.
The exact circumstances of the officer’s death are not yet clear.
“Whether the attack was against the police or whoever, we have a responsibility to get to the bottom and we will,” said Robert Contee, acting chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department.
There is an increased security presence around the Capitol building, where the United States Congress is located, and several police cars surrounding the area.
Who is Robert Contee?
Robert J. Contee III is the Acting Chief of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. USA. He was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to replace outgoing Chief Peter Newsham, effective January 2, 2021.
Contee grew up in the Carver Langston neighborhood of Washington, DC and attended Spingarn High School. He joined the Metropolitan Police Department as a cadet in 1989, while in his final year of high school, and became a sworn officer in 1992. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Police Science from George Washington University.
Live updates: Police hurt in US Capitol incident
The entry point on Constitution Avenue where the vehicle struck the barricade is directly where Senators and their staff come to the Capitol each day, according to observers.
But Congress is currently in recess, meaning the majority of politicians are not at the Capitol complex today.
President Joe Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
However some reporters, maintenance workers and Capitol Hill employees are likely still on the Capitol grounds.
The US Attorney General is also aware of the incident and is being updated
Shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. GMT), the Capitol Police alert system sent an email to lawmakers and their staff ordering them to stay away from exterior windows and doors. Anyone outside was instructed to seek shelter.
Footage from the scene showed a helicopter flying overhead and what appeared to be two people on stretchers being transferred to ambulances.
Spectators were told to clear the area.
Officer investigates the crime scene
The FBI’s Washington Field Office is responding to the situation and is providing support to the Capitol Police. The United States Attorney General is also aware of the incident and is updating, according to CBS News.
The incident comes nearly three months after the deadly January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.