The US Capitol is on lockdown due to an “External Security Threat” following an incident where a suspect rammed a car into a police barricade on Friday afternoon, just outside the Capitol building. The attack left one US Capitol police officer dead and another injured, according to acting Chief Yogananda Pittman.
Pittman revealed that the suspect had also died. The USCP did not have the suspect on their radar prior to the attack. Although, the said attack does not seem to be terrorism-related.
US Capitol Lockdown Lifted
The police chief also mentioned that they are still processing the scene and that they are investigating. However, she said the immediate danger has subsided. With this, the USCP lifted a lockdown at the Capitol, which lasted for a few hours, after they have determined that there no longer is an “external security threat” to the area.
Pittman later identified the officer as Officer Wiliam “Billy” Evans, who was an 18-year veteran and a member of the “First Responders Unit.”
According to sources, the driver of the car rammed it into a barricade on Constitution Avenue. Then, the said driver got out of the vehicle with a knife. Because of this, the USCP responded and shot the suspect. They then took him into custody. The said suspect has been identified as a man named Noah Green.
An email from the USCP confirmed what happened during the incident. Apart from this, another source, a law enforcement official, revealed that at least one police officer was stabbed.
FBI’s Washington Field Office is reportedly supporting the police in the area.
The National Guard has been spotted responding to Friday’s incident. In a tweet, the National Guard confirmed its deployment at the Capitol.