A car slams into a Capitol barricade, killing one cop and injuring another.

he incident occurred less than three months after the Capitol insurgency on January 6, which claimed the lives of five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.
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A blue car is seen after ramming a police barricade outside the U.S. Capitol building in an incident that reportedly resulted in the death of one Capitol police officer, the injury of another officer

According to law enforcement officials, a man rammed a car into two Capitol Police officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday, then emerged wielding a knife, was wounded, and died at a hospital.

Both officers were taken to the hospital, where one of them "succumbed to his injuries," according to Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman.

"The suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand" and "lunged" at the officers, she said.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the officer's death.

The crash and shooting occurred about 1 p.m. at a security checkpoint on the Senate side of the Capitol, about 100 yards (91 meters) from the building's entrance. The incident happened when Congress was on break, and President Biden had just left the White House for Camp David.

The incident occurred less than three months after the Capitol insurgency on January 6, which claimed the lives of five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. Two officers who were present during the riot later committed suicide.

It also comes two weeks after law enforcement officials demolished an outer perimeter barrier, allowing traffic to flow freely along Independence and Constitution avenues. The complex is now surrounded by an inner-perimeter fence.

At the already highly secured complex, a National Guard quick-response team and local police were on hand.

Authorities erected a tall perimeter fence around the Capitol and prohibited traffic along the roads leading up to it for months, but in recent weeks, they have started to reverse some emergency measures.

Although there was no immediate connection between the Jan 6 incident and the crash on Friday, the incident shows that the building and campus are still possible targets for abuse. On the Senate side of the Capitol, it happened about 100 yards (91 meters) from the building's entrance.

Senators and workers usually use the security checkpoint on weekdays, but lawmakers are on vacation. The fencing that had previously prohibited vehicular traffic from entering that area was recently withdrawn.


After the shooting, the Capitol complex was placed on lockdown, and workers were informed they couldn't enter or leave any of the buildings. National Guard troops were seen mobilizing near the crash site on video.