WASHINGTON – A Capitol Police officer was killed after a man rammed his car into a security checkpoint barricade outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon.
U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman in a news conference said the suspect died at a hospital after they were struck by gunfire.
“The suspect did start lunging toward US Capitol Police officers, at which time US Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect,” said Pittman. “At this time the suspect has been pronounced deceased.”
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 crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess.
“I just ask that the public continue to keep US Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” she said. “This has been an extremely difficult time for US Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.”
The officer who was killed is the second to die in the line of duty this year. There is no immediate connection apparent between Friday’s crash and the Jan. 6 riot.
President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred. As customary, he was traveling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him on the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.