At Least One Police Officer Killed In Vehicle Attack Outside US Capitol

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Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the US Capitol.

At least one US Capitol police officer has died after being struck by a suspect in a vehicle, officials have said. 

Another officer was hospitalised with injuries, and the suspect is dead, acting US Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman said.

Officers reportedly shot the suspect when he exited the vehicle and lunged toward them with a knife.

The incident took place at the northwestern entrance of the US Capitol, where senators and staff normally enter the building. The outermost fence perimeter police set up in the wake of the January 6 attack was removed last week, opening the area to public traffic.

Footage from outside Congress showed two stretchers and a large gathering of law enforcement officers. 

Congress is currently on recess and politicians are out of town. President Joe Biden is currently at Camp David receiving information about the incident, the White House said. 

Friday’s incident is the first attempted security breach since supporters of former US president Donald Trump violently stormed the Capitol in hopes of preventing Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

More than 140 Capitol Police officers suffered injuries during the attack. Five people died during or shortly after.

Igor Bobic contributed reporting.

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