U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a vehicle that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on Friday in Washington, D.C. Their name wasn't released. "This has been an extremely hard time for the US Capitol police after the events of 6 January, and after the events that have occurred here today", she said. "At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect".
The Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.
In the 6 January attack, hundreds of extremist Trump-backers smashed into the Capitol building yelling threats against politicians and shutting down the legislature.
While Congress was on recess for the Easter holiday, text messages sent to staffers still working inside told them to avoid windows and said no one could enter or leave the building.More news: Fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel, updated CDC guidance states
"USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers", US Capitol Police said on Twitter, adding that it was "critical incident". Both Capitol Police officers were hospitalized, and Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters Friday afternoon that one of the officers "succumbed to his injuries".
Authorities flooded the surrounding streets on high alert after the attack in Washington. It occurred about 100 yards (91 metres) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots. It's unclear which member of law enforcement shot the suspect.
The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.
Evans is the seventh Capitol Police member to die in the line of duty in the department's history, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks deaths of law enforcement.More news: With 'alarming surge in COVID-19,' Ontario begins emergency shutdown at midnight
The USCP stated that one suspect was in custody and the individual, as well as the two wounded officers, were "transported to the hospital".
Dozens of National Guard troops, who have been stationed at the Capitol since the January attack, quickly deployed after the incident. Two other Capitol police officers who responded that day took their own lives after the fact.
Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a vehicle that had crashed into a barrier.
That assault took place while the House of Representatives and Senate, with the Senate presided over by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's November election victory over the Republican Trump.More news: Ontario entering four-week province-wide shutdown effective Saturday