Capitol Police Officers Injured After Knife, Car Attack: Cops
There are reports that two Capitol police officers were injured when a vehicle tried to ram a barricade.
Capitol police are responding to reports that two Capitol police officers injured after a knife-wielding suspect tried to slam into a barricade in Washington D.C. The officers were taken to the hospital; CNN reported one was stabbed.
he suspect is Noah Green, 25, of Indiana, who identified as a Nation of Islam follower, according to MSNBC.
The Capitol police chief said in the first press conference from the scene that one of the officers, who was not named, has died. The other officer’s condition is not known. The suspect was shot by police and is also dead. The suspect’s name and motive are not yet clear.
“The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers and then hit the north barricade barrier… the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand,” the chief said. “Our officers then engaged that suspect. He did not respond to verbal commands. The suspect did start lunging toward U.S. Capitol police officers at which time U.S Capitol police officers fired upon the suspect. The suspect has been pronounced deceased.”
Two officers were taken to the hospital. “It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that one of our officers has succumbed to his injured,” Pittman said.
There were also reports of gunfire outside the U.S. Capitol on April 2, 2021, but it later emerged that the suspect was the only person shot. The Capitol complex went into lockdown.
Journalist Jonathan Dienst wrote on Twitter that, according to a senior law enforcement source, preliminary information is that the “suspect jumped out of vehicle with a knife. The suspect was then shot by police.” NBC’s Pete Williams said that the vehicle struck a barricade, the driver exited with a knife and might have slashed a police officer before being shot.
CNN reported that Capitol police shot the suspect after he brandished a knife. Williams reported that the suspect is dead. CNN reported that one of the officers was “stabbed.’ The officers’ conditions are not clear.
The Capitol Police wrote on Twitter: “CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Reports of Gunfire Circulated Fast Before the Car Ramming Reports Emerged
CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/4TXIdulJc6
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
NBC News published a photo of the vehicle that crashed into the barricade.
Image from the US Capitol show a vehicle that crashed into a barricade. pic.twitter.com/sS2R13cyQN
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 2, 2021
NBC also reported: “A spokesperson for the Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department says at least one person has been shot near the U.S. Capitol.”
Watching this unfold from the Senate side. We’ve been told a suspect is in custody and two officers are injured after USCP say the suspect reportedly rammed into two officers. The Capitol remains on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/fGiQBSl8Yd
— Jessica Dean (@jessicadean) April 2, 2021
Capitol police then wrote, “Correction: Constitution Avenue.” They added, “Due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol, the following road closures are in effect: Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and First Street NW. First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE.”