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1 officer killed, another hospitalized after man drives car into barrier near US Capitol. Suspect dead.

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WASHINGTON – Police say one officer was killed and another remains hospitalized after a man rammed a car into a security barrier near the U.S. Capitol building on Friday.

“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” acting U.S Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters in a news briefing.

Pittman said officers shot the driver after he exited the vehicle wielding a knife and “started to lunge aggressively toward US Capitol police officers.” The driver was taken to a hospital, where he died.

D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said there does not appear to be an ongoing threat related to the incident and that “it does not appear to be terrorism-related.”

Contee said police are investigating to determine the driver’s motive. He said the suspect was not known to either D.C. Police or the USCP and was not previously considered a threat to lawmakers.

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday.

The gated entrance is one of several that allow access to the U.S. Capitol and is primarily used by senators and staff.

D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department reported that they received a 911 call at 1:05 p.m. about a “possible shooting” near the Capitol.

After the incident, the Capitol was placed on lockdown. An email from USCP sent to Capitol Hill staff at 1:20 p.m. EDT said, “The external security threat located at all of the U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings continues. ” The email told those outside to “seek cover” ​​​​​ and text message alerts asked those inside to stay away from windows.

The lockdown was lifted at about 3 p.m.

“The USCP has cleared the external security threat incident located at all of the U.S. Capitol Campus buildings, however the areas around the crime scene will continue to be restricted and individuals should follow police direction,” said an email sent to Capitol Hill staff members.

According to footage from Jake Sherman, a Capitol Hill reporter for Punchbowl News,  a helicopter landed on the east side of the Capitol building.

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