US Capitol locked down over security threat after car rams police officers
The United States Capitol was all of a sudden sent out into lockdown soon after 1pm today after a vehicle rammed into 2 law enforcement officers at one of the complex’s security barriers.
The chauffeur then emerged from the car with a “clearly visible” knife, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman informed press reporters in Washington.
The suspect “did not respond to verbal commands”, and after that began “lunging” and “running towards” policeman, at which point they shot him.
The chauffeur and the 2 officers he rammed were transferred to medical facility, where the suspect and among the officers were prounounced dead.
“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Chief Pittman stated.
The victim, Officer William “Billy” Evans, had actually belonged to the Capitol Police force for 18 years. He belonged to the department’s First Responders Unit.
“I ask that the public continue to keep Capitol Police and their families in your prayers. This has been an extremely difficult time after the events of January 6, and now the events that have occurred here today,” she stated.
Barricades were set up around the whole Capitol as an additional layer of security after advocates of previous president Donald Trump stormed the structure on January 6. That violence resulted in 5 deaths, consisting of that of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee, who was likewise at the media rundown, stated his department’s murder department would examine the occurrence.
“There is not a lot of information we can release at this time, but we certainly will be working very closely with our partners,” Chief Contee stated.
He stated it did not look like though the suspect was understood to authorities prior to today, and the attack did not seem terror-related.
NBC News reported the suspect was 25-year-old Noah Green, who recognized himself as a fan of the Nation of Islam on his Facebook page.
Shortly after 1pm, regional time, personnel in the Capitol Building got a text from authorities recommending them that the complex had actually been locked down.
“External security threat, no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover,” stated the message, initially reported by NBC’s Jake Sherman.
The exact same message was passed on by a voice statement throughout the complex.
“Due to an exterior security threat, no entry or exit is permitted at this time in any building in the Capitol complex,” it stated.
Reporters on the scene observed a big existence of very first responders and police outside, consisting of a helicopter landing on the east front of the complex.
They likewise identified a blue cars and truck, which appeared to have actually crashed into a barrier on the Senate side of the structure.
At 1:30 pm, Capitol Police launched a declaration stating a lorry had actually rammed into 2 officers, who were required to medical facility together with the suspect.
“The USCP is responding to the north barricade vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers,” the Capitol Police stated in a declaration.
“A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”
At about 2pm, United States media reported the suspect had actually passed away. News of the policeman’s death came through a brief time later on.
Congress is presently in recess, indicating the agents and senators were not present for the occurrence. Usually, the security checkpoint the car struck is where senators go into the complex, either by cars and truck or on foot.
Leading political leaders have actually provided declarations revealing their issue.
“Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol,” stated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“We are still learning what’s taken place. Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Officer Evans a “martyr for our democracy”.
“All Americans are united in appreciation for the courage of the US Capitol police,” Ms Pelosi stated.
“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6. On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful.
“May it be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans that so many mourn with them and pray for them at this sad time.”