One Officer Killed In Another US Capitol Attack
A car is seen crashed into a barrier near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. Eric BARADAT / AFP
One officer was killed and a second injured Friday after a vehicle rammed through security and crashed into a barrier at the US Capitol, forcing it into lockdown less than three months after a mob assault on Congress.
Capitol Police shot dead the driver after he jumped out of the car and lunged at them with a knife, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.
No information was available on the identity of the attacker or his motivation, but Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee indicated that a terror link was not suspected at this stage.
“It does not appear to be terrorism-related, but obviously we will continue to investigate,” said Contee.
National Guard troops were mobilized and staff at the huge Capitol complex ordered to stay away from windows and seek cover after alerts went out over the…