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Capitol Police Officer Reportedly Dead After Suspect Rammed Car Into Barricade

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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The U.S. Capitol went on lockdown Friday afternoon after two officers were rammed by a vehicle and sent to the hospital.

One of the officers hit by the vehicle has died, according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram. The suspect who was driving, according to the Associated Press, has died after he was shot and taken to the hospital.


The suspect reportedly had a “large knife” and charged the officers and then was shot.


“Due to an external security threat located All U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings, no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover,” a USCP alert read.

Capitol Police then released this statement: “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.”

The security threat was neutralized but the USCP is continuing to investigate.

Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich tweeted out a video saying: “Large police presence and two stretchers being brought out.” Heinrich then said law enforcement sources told her that the USCP officer injured today at the Capitol has died of his injuries.


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“A helicopter just landed on the east front of the Capitol,” Punch Bowl News reporter Jake Sherman tweeted.

There is currently a large police presence around the U.S. Capitol and officers appear to be receiving medical attention on the ground.

(This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.)