Two people are dead after a male suspect drove into a U.S. Capitol barricade Friday, striking two officers before getting shot as he exited his vehicle “with a knife in hand.”
According to the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman, the officers at the scene engaged the suspect” but reported that “he did not respond to verbal commands.”
“The suspect did start lunging toward US Capitol Police officers, at which time US Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect,” she explained. “At this time the suspect has been pronounced deceased.”
One Capitol Police officer is also dead following the incident. While authorities reported that “at least one of the officers was stabbed,” it is unclear why the officer “succumbed to his injuries.” The second Capitol Police officer remains in the hospital in critical condition.
While Congres is currently in recess and President Joe Biden had already departed from the White House to Camp David, the Capitol