Photos: U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in vehicle attack; suspect shot dead




Capitol Police officers lower the American flag on the Capitol building to half-staff to honor the officer killed in the line of duty earlier Friday. (Samuel Corum / Getty Images)
Capitol Police officers lower the American flag on the Capitol building to half-staff to honor the officer killed in the line of duty earlier Friday. (Samuel Corum / Getty Images)  

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a car rammed a security barricade protecting the complex, locking down the building for two hours and reigniting tensions in a city still struggling to return to normalcy after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.

According to Capitol Police, a man drove his car into two officers and then crashed into the barricade. The driver exited the vehicle with a knife, "lunged" at one of the officers and was shot by police, officials said.

The suspect was taken into custody. He and the two seriously injured officers were transported to hospitals, where one officer and the suspect died, officials said.

Members of the National Guard leave the Capitol perimeter the they had been guarding.
Members of the National Guard leave the Capitol perimeter the they had been guarding.  
The car that crashed into a barrier Friday on Capitol Hill. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
The car that crashed into a barrier Friday on Capitol Hill. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)  
Authorities investigate the scene.
Authorities investigate the scene.  
Troops stand guard near the scene.
Troops stand guard near the scene.  
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, U.S. Capitol Police officers salute as procession goes by.
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, U.S. Capitol Police officers salute as procession goes by.  
U.S. Capitol Police officers investigate. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
U.S. Capitol Police officers investigate. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)  
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman (R) attends a press briefing about the security incident at the U.S. Capitol
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman (R) attends a press briefing about the security incident at the U.S. Capitol  
National Guard troops carrying riot shields walk up Constitution Avenue after the incident.
National Guard troops carrying riot shields walk up Constitution Avenue after the incident.  
A member of the National Guard patrols near the U.
A member of the National Guard patrols near the U.  
A tow truck removes a car as law enforcement collect evidence at the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade
A tow truck removes a car as law enforcement collect evidence at the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade  

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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