US Capitol Police, Washington, D.C. police and National Guard troops held a barrier around the entrance to the Capitol where an officer was killed after a car drive into a barrier. Photo by Joshua Skovlund, Coffee Or Die Magazine.
A suspect was in custody and two US Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital with injuries after a car tried to approach the Capitol complex and was stopped by a barricade. The incident occurred at the entrance on the Capitol’s north side at Constitution Boulevard and Delaware Avenue. Several news outlets reported that shots were fired, but the US Capitol Police did not confirm any gunfire. Other reports said the driver of the blue compact car may have had a knife.
CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/4TXIdulJc6
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
A reporter for Coffee or Die Magazine is on the ground at the Capitol and will update this story as the situation develops.
The nature of the officers’ injuries is unclear.
The incident came just days after security around the Capitol was reduced following an extended period of public closures, in place since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a large mob supporting then President Donald Trump. Police said the car approached the Capitol on Constitution Boulevard, which had been closed since the attacks.
Matt White is a former senior editor for Coffee or Die Magazine. He was a pararescueman in the Air Force and the Alaska Air National Guard for eight years and has more than a decade of experience in daily and magazine journalism.
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