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Two Capitol cops are injured after car smashes through barrier at Independence Avenue

Capitol cop is killed and another is injured by knife-wielding driver who mowed them down after breaching DC barricade before being shot dead

  • One cop was killed and another is critically injured after being mowed down by a knife-wielding driver 
  • After coming to a stop, the suspect emerged from his car with a knife and started lunging at other cops 
  • Those other police officers shot him; he was taken to the hospital but has been pronounced dead 
  • The incident comes a week after a security perimeter was removed that had been there since the Jan 6 riot  
  • No information has been released about either the suspect or the cops but the suspect was not known to police 
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the cop who was killed  

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A Capitol police officer has died and another is injured after being mowed down by a knife-wielding suspect who drove his car through a barrier then emerged with a knife before being shot dead on Friday. 

At 1.02pm, the driver plowed his blue Nissan Altima through the barrier at Constitution Avenue, smashing the two cops, before emerging from with a knife. He then lunged at other cops nearby, ignoring commands, and was shot dead. The two Capitol cops were taken from the scene to different hospitals but one has now died. 

No information has been released about the identities of the cops or the suspect. Capitol Police said they do not think the incident was terror related but that the investigation is ongoing. 

Fencing that had been in place around the Capitol since the January 6 riot was taken down just last week. 

‘It is with a very very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumb to his injuries,’ Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday, adding that it had been a ‘tough’ year for the force.  

Armed National Guardsmen were deployed immediately and have been seen patrolling the halls of government buildings but police say there is no outstanding threat.

The suspect – who NBC is reporting is now dead – is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition  

Two Capitol cops were injured on Friday after a car smashed into a barrier on Independence Avenue 

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team 

‘It is with a heavy heart that I come here to shed some light on the incident that occurred at the US Capitol.

‘At approximately 1.02 this afternoon, a suspect entered what we refer to as the north barricade of the Capitol. 

‘The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers then hit the north barricade barrier. The suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect.

‘He did not respond to verbal commands, he started lunging towards officers, at which time USC officers fired upon the suspect. At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased.

‘Two US Capitol Police Officers were transported to different hospitals. It is with a very very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumb to his injuries,’ she said. 

She did not reveal whether or not the suspect said anything while carrying out the attack, but said he was not known to the police.  

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Neither the House or Senate is in session this week so lawmakers are back in their home states instead of being in the Capitol building.

The White House did not appear to have an immediate change in security posture in response to the situation at the Capitol. President Joe Biden had left to spend Easter at Camp David shortly before the incident occurred.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there is a member of the national security team, an acting chief of staff and a member of the press team traveling with him, as is standard operating procedure.

Traveling with Biden this weekend are Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff Yohannes Abraham, Chief of Staff & Executive Secretary for the National Security Council; Anthony Bernal, Assistant to the President & Advisor to the First Lady; and Stephen Goepfert, Special Assistant to the President & Personal Aide to the President. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk