US Capitol faces lockdown after violent attack, 1 police officer dead

New Delhi: An accident on Friday led to the enforcement of lockdown in US capitol. The accident that killed a US Capitol police officer and left one injured took place after a vehicle rammed through security and crashed into a barrier at the Washington complex. Later the capitol police shot dead the driver after he jumped out of the car and lunged at them with a knife. He died at the hospital. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police car to the hospital. 

The Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green.

While the accident comes three months after the mob assault on Congress by Trump supporters, officials haven’t found any link between the two incidents.

“I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,”  Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman was quoted by Associated Pres as saying. “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.”

An eyewitness told Reuters that the streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings were locked down with many police office deploying the area because of a security threat. 

“It does not appear to be terrorism-related, but obviously we will continue to investigate,” Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said.

President Joe Biden who was at Camp David for Easter holiday with First Lady Jill Biden has extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the Police officer killed in the attack. 

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“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the US Capitol grounds,” Biden said in a statement.

Authorities, meanwhile, ruled out the possibility of the accident being linked to any act of terrorism and possibility of any further threat.


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