U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said a USCP officer had died after being rammed by a vehicle Friday afternoon.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Capitol Police officer and an unidentified suspect are both dead following a vehicle ramming attack at the Capitol complex.
According to the Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, the incident occurred at around 1 p.m. when a vehicle driven by an unknown man slammed into two officers at a vehicle checkpoint on Constitution Avenue on the North side of the Capitol complex.
“The suspect then exited the vehicle with knife in hand” and lunged toward police, According to Pittman.
Capitol Police say the officers then opened fire, fatally wounding the suspect.
Both officers and the suspect were transported to a hospital, where, according to Pittman, one of those officers died. Neither officer has yet been identified by the department.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Pittman said. “This has been a very difficult time for the Capitol Police department. I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Police family in your prayers.”
Congressional staffers were notified about the incident shortly after 1 p.m. when the Capitol Police alert system issued a warning about an “external threat” to the complex. Staffers were warned to stay away from exterior windows and doors.