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A senior congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source told CNN that after the driver of the vehicle rammed his car into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing a knife. USCP responded, shooting the suspect and taking him into custody.
An email from the US Capitol Police, obtained by CNN, confirmed that sequence of events. The email stated Capitol Police officers shot the suspect after he rammed the barricade and exited holding a knife. Both officers were also injured, and one is being transported to the hospital by USCP.
According to U.S. Capitol Police, after a male driver hit the officers, he crashed into a security barricade. The driver exited the vehicle with a knife, threatened one of the officers and was shot by police, according to a law enforcement officials.
The suspect was taken into custody. He and the officers were transported to a hospital. Several media outlets reported the suspect had died.
The blue sedan appeared to hit a barrier that is raised while Capitol Police verify occupants’ identities and search the vehicle.
At approximately 1:10 p.m., Capitol staff were instructed by Capitol Police to remain indoors and away from external windows due to an “external security threat.”