A Capitol police officer was killed Friday after a person rammed a automobile into two officers at a barricade outdoors the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. after which emerged wielding a knife, legislation enforcement officers mentioned. The suspect was shot and killed.
“The suspect exited the car with a knife in hand” and started “lunging” on the officers, Capitol Police Appearing Chief Yogananda Pittman informed reporters.
Each officers had been hospitalised, and certainly one of them “succumbed to his accidents”, she added.
Police recognized the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the division’s first responders unit.
It was the second line-of-duty demise this yr for a division nonetheless recovering from a January 6 riot, when a mob attacked the US Capitol.
Authorities mentioned that there was not an ongoing risk and that the assault didn’t look like associated to terrorism. There was additionally no rapid connection obvious between Friday’s crash and the January 6 assault.
The crash and taking pictures occurred at a safety checkpoint close to the Capitol whereas Congress is on recess. It comes because the Washington, D.C. area stays on edge practically three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.
CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade car entry level alongside Independence Avenue for stories somebody rammed a car into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Each officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/4TXIdulJc6
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
Tv footage confirmed a blue sedan that had crashed right into a safety barrier on one of many streets resulting in Congress, and what gave the impression to be the injured officers being loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.
Dozens of police automobiles, marked and unmarked, raced in direction of the Capitol constructing. All roads resulting in the complicated had been blocked by police or law enforcement officials.
A helicopter was seen hovering overhead and observers had been ordered to go away the world.
A police officer died in January’s Capitol assault
Authorities have begun solely prior to now couple of weeks to take away the outer ring of excessive, razor-wire-topped fencing erected across the sprawling Capitol complicated following the January assault by hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump.
5 folks, together with a Capitol police officer, died in that assault, which was impressed by Trump’s groundless claims that he had misplaced the November presidential election as a result of huge fraud.
Since then safety officers have mentioned there’s an ongoing risk from excessive proper teams and Trump supporters.
Greater than 300 folks have been charged within the January assault, together with members of armed extremists teams such because the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and 100 extra are anticipated to be charged, in accordance with Justice Division court docket filings.
In current weeks some safety has been loosened, with the variety of armed Nationwide Guard troops on the Capitol lowered and a safety fence that created a broad perimeter across the Capitol complicated eliminated.
The hazard on Friday was restricted as Congress was in recess and so comparatively few folks had been within the constructing.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)