A driver on Friday rammed a blue sedan car into police officers at the north barricade of the U.S. Capitol, sparking fears of security concerns in the building.
This is the second time in less than three months that an attack would be targeted at the United States legislative headquarters, although authorities said the incident “does not appear to be terrorism-related.”
Acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, said the suspect then emerged from the vehicle with a “knife in hand” and ran towards the officers, injuring two, before an officer opened fire.
One of the officers has now died of the injuries he sustained, the police said. The suspect also died at the hospital shortly after he was taken into custody.
Authorities are yet to identify the suspect. But according to CBS News, he was a U.S. citizen and was not previously known to the police or known to have committed any sort of crime or be on a terror watch list.
Lawmakers, who are currently on recess, have been sending messages of calm to citizens.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the Capitol to fly at half-staff, according to the BBC.
“Today’s incident at the Capitol reminds us of the threats still facing our nation,” Michigan Republican Fred Upton tweeted.
Today's incident at the Capitol reminds us of the threats still facing our nation. Info is still coming in and the event is unfolding, but we commend the swift response and pray for a speedy recovery for the Capitol police officers who were injured today. https://t.co/HBIxRz58nJ
Yusuf Akinpelu is PREMIUM TIMES' Head of Data Desk. Prior to this, he covered the National Assembly and fact-checked for Dubawa. He is a graduate of Statistics from the University of Ibadan. He has a penchant for books, debates, and wildlife.