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Driver fatally shot after vehicle 'rammed' into 2 officers near US Capitol, killing 1


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WASHINGTON – Police say one officer was killed and another remains hospitalized after a man drove 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 the hospital where he died. 

D.C. 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.”

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.

According to an email obtained by USA TODAY from a Hill staffer sent from the United States Capitol Police at 1:20 pm: “The external security threat located at all of the U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings continues” and asks those outside to “seek cover.” 

Text message alerts asked those inside to stay away from windows.

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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