One of the two Capitol police officers who were injured after a car plowed through a barrier on Independence Avenue today Friday April 2nd, 2021, has died.
The suspect died at a hospital, officials said. Both officers were hospitalized, and one of them “succumbed to his injuries,” Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.
The acting police Chief Pittman, did not identify the slain officer or suspect. Authorities said that there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.
The incident sparked chaos at the Capitol on Friday afternoon and sent workers into lockdown.
Initially there were confused reports at first of a shooting that had left three people injured but the US Capitol Police released a statement at around 1.30pm describing the incident as one involving a vehicle instead.
The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess. It comes as the Washington region remains on edge nearly three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win