Two Capitol Police officers are injured and a driver has been shot after a person rammed their vehicle into a barricade outside of the U.S. Capitol on Friday (April 2). Associated Press reports that at least one of the officers is in serious condition and the driver is in critical condition.
The car crash and a shooting occurred at a security checkpoint near the Capitol building while Congress was in recess. The area was put on lockdown due to the security threat and Capitol Police said one suspect was in custody on Twitter.
“USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers,” the police department tweeted. “A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”
Police later corrected the location and said the incident occurred near Constitution Avenue. People inside the Capitol building were told to stay indoors and keep away from windows as police assess the threat. Washington, D.C. police also announced several road closures as they respond to the situation.
“Maryland Av, NE and Constitution Av, NE west bound towards the Capitol is currently closed,” the department tweeted.
Ambulances and a helicopter were also seen in the area and one person was seen being carried away in a stretcher, CNN reports.
Associated Press writes that the crash occurred about 100 yards away from the entrance to the Senate side of the Capitol building. Barricades preventing cars in the area were recently removed as the Capitol begins to open back up again after the Jan. 6 riot.
See video of the aftermath of the crash and tweets below.
Large police presence and two stretchers being brought out pic.twitter.com/EmidoLP0PT— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) April 2, 2021
A helicopter just landed on the east front of the Capitol. I’ve never seen anything like this before. ever. pic.twitter.com/LxV0mywRSe— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 2, 2021
CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/4TXIdulJc6— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
Due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol, the following road closures are in effect:— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
-Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and First Street NW.
-First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE.