A man rammed a car Friday, dark colored sedan, into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol , at a security checkpoint typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, and then emerged wielding a knife starting to run at the officers. He stabbed one. A Capitol Police officer was killed and the other injured. Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital. The attack occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today,” Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Authorities said that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism but the Capitol was put on lockdown as a precaution. Staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings.
The DC National Guard deployed a Immediate Response Force to the Capitol complex. Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police’s radar. Five people died in the Jan. 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. FBI Washington Field Office is providing support to the Capitol Police to investigate.The officer who died Friday is the seventh Capitol Police member to die in the line of duty in the department’s history. President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the attack occurred.