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A Capitol police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade in front of the United States Capitol and then came out wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said.
The suspect died in a hospital, authorities said. Both officers were hospitalized and one of them “succumbed to his injuries,” Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.
Pittman did not identify the killed officer or the suspect. Authorities said there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism. There was also no apparent immediate connection between Friday’s crash and the January 6 riot.
Who is Yogananda Pittman?
Yogananda D. Pittman is an American law enforcement officer who is the Acting Chief of the United States Capitol Police. Pittman’s selection was made on January 11, 2021, following the assault on the United States Capitol in 2021 and the resignation of Steven Sund.
Why The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint
The accident and shooting occurred at a security checkpoint near the Capitol while Congress was in recess. It comes as the Washington region remains nervous nearly three months after a mob of armed insurgents stormed the Capitol as Congress voted to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Five people were killed in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a greatly outnumbered force trying to fight insurgents who supported former President Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse the election. Authorities installed a high perimeter fence around the Capitol and restricted traffic on the roads closest to the building for months, but have begun to withdraw some of the emergency measures in recent weeks.
There was no apparent immediate connection between January 6 and Friday’s crash. Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on police radar. But the incident underscores that the building and campus remain potential targets of violence. It happened about 100 yards (91 meters) from the building’s entrance on the Senate side of the Capitol.
Officials initially said the suspect was being taken to hospital in critical condition. One of the agents who was injured was taken by police vehicle to the hospital; the other was being transported by emergency medical teams, officials said.
The US Capitol complex was closed after the shooting and staff were told they could not enter or leave the buildings. The video showed National Guard troops mobilizing near the accident area.
Video posted online showed a dark-colored sedan crashing into the barrier of a vehicle and a K-9 police officer inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement officers and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified person.
President Biden had just left the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred. As usual, he was traveling with a National Security Council staff member who was expected to brief him on the incident.