A person drove a automobile into two Capitol Cops exterior the U.S. Capitol on Friday, killing one and injuring the opposite earlier than being fatally shot by authorities when he exited the car holding what gave the impression to be a knife, the division’s chief stated.
Chief Yogananda Pittman stated an individual exited the car with a knife and began lunging at officers, ignoring verbal instructions. Police then opened fireplace, killing the suspect, she stated.
Robert Contee, performing chief of the Metropolitan Police Division, stated it didn’t seem that the suspect was recognized to both police division and that the incident “doesn’t seem like terrorism-related,” although officers will proceed to analyze.
The attacker has been recognized as Noah Inexperienced, a 25-year-old Indiana man who recognized himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam on his Fb web page, in response to MSNBC’s Pete Williams.
Police positioned all U.S. Capitol buildings underneath lockdown on Friday as officers responded to reviews that “somebody rammed a car into two USCP officers,” officers stated. The lockdown has since been lifted.
USCP stated in a tweet earlier that officers had been responding to the North Barricade vehicle-access level alongside Structure Avenue.
Correction: Structure Avenue
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
An alert despatched to employees suggested that no entry or exit can be permitted “resulting from an exterior safety menace.”
“Chances are you’ll transfer all through the constructing(s) however keep away from exterior home windows and doorways. If you’re exterior, search cowl,” the alert stated.
🚨🚨A helicopter simply landed on the east entrance of the Capitol. I’ve by no means seen something like this earlier than. ever. pic.twitter.com/LxV0mywRSe
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 2, 2021
The incident occurred roughly 100 yards from the doorway of the constructing on the Senate facet of the Capitol at a safety checkpoint that’s utilized by senators and employees on weekdays, in response to the AP. Nonetheless, Congress is on recess this week.
Fencing that had blocked vehicular site visitors within the space was lately eliminated because the Capitol started to pare down the elevated safety that had been in place for the reason that January 6 riots.