One police officer died and another was injured after a vehicle was allegedly rammed into a barricade in the U.S. Capitol in an incident in which the suspect was dead, police said.
The Washington DC Capitol campus was closed following the incident due to a heavy police and emergency services presence in the area.
The Associated Press reports that the car allegedly hit a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon, injuring two Capitol police officers and leading to a suspect, two police officers say.
The press association says the suspect has since died, and some time later one of the officers was pronounced dead as well.
Capitol Police say the incident occurred at a checkpoint near the Capitol in Washington, DC.
The US Capitol Police initially tweeted, “USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue to learn that someone has rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers.
“A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been taken to hospital.”
According to reports, both the suspect and the two police officers were first taken to a local hospital.
A message to the people in the Capitol shortly after 1pm warned them to stay away from “outside windows and doors”.
The outsiders were asked to “take cover”.
“Please keep the Capitol Police and first responders in their prayers as we try to understand the current situation at the Capitol,” tweeted Republican Peter Meijer.