A police officer was killed and a second officer was injured after a man drove a car into a security barricade at the US Capitol complex. The driver was shot dead after he jumped out of the car and lunged towards the officers with a knife, police said. The lockdown announced following the attack has now been lifted, it added. After this incident, the US Capitol building and surroundings streets in Washington DC were reportedly locked down after police said they were responding to an “external threat”. US President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were heartbroken about the attack at the US Capitol.
US media said officials had identified the attacker as Noah Green, a 25-year-old Black man from Indiana and an adherent of the Black Nationalist Nation of Islam movement. Pittman said there was no immediate indication of his motivation or police file on him.
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 incident. Television footage showed a blue sedan crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances. A helicopter landed on the Capitol grounds and the police were loaded on board to be taken to a hospital. The attack came amid tightened security in Washington after the January 6 insurrection by supporters of then-president Donald Trump.