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Police Officer Dead After Driver Rams U.S. Capitol Barricade; Suspect Also Fatally Shot

A U.S. Capitol Police officer died Friday from injuries after a driver rammed a barricade outside of the U.S. Capitol and then exited the vehicle brandishing a knife before being fatally shot, according to reports.

The unnamed suspect had been taken into custody and taken along with two injured officers to a hospital after the incident, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a tweet.

The driver who later died crashed his vehicle into the barrier on Constitution Avenue, and was shot by officers only after he exited and began lunging with the knife, Metropolitan Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a news conference, reports CNN.

At a briefing, police said the attack did not appear to be terrorism-related and the suspect was not on the radar of Capitol Police, according to the outlet.

At least one of the officers was stabbed, a law enforcement official told CNN.

It was not immediately clear how the officer died, but Pittman confirmed the death, reports The Washington Post.

Heightened security and fencing still surrounds the Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, when hundreds of people who'd attended a rally called by former President Donald Trump stormed the building as Congress worked to certify the election of President Biden.

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The FBI's Washington field office responded to assist the Capitol Police, the bureau said in a statement, reports the Post.

About two dozen National Guardsmen, wearing helmets and body armor and carrying plastic shields, also arrived on the scene about 2 p.m. and formed a line across Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of the incident, according to the newspaper.

According to the Post, an alert went out to Capitol staff after the incident advising: "Due to an external security threat … no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover."

According to the outlet, the city's Metropolitan Police said the incident appeared to be contained with no ongoing threat.

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