Capitol Police locked down the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon after someone rammed a vehicle into two U.S. Capitol Police officers, according to authorities.
U.S. Capitol Police say all Capitol buildings were being locked down “due to an external security threat” and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings.
U.S. Capitol Police confirmed in a tweet that a suspect is in custody and that both officers were injured during the incident.
Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a heavily damaged car rammed against a barricade at the U.S. Capitol.
Videos posted on social media from Capitol Hill reporters showed two people on stretchers and a helicopter landing on the East front of the building.
CNN reported that the suspect brandished a knife after crashing into the barricade.
🚨🚨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
BREAKING: reports of shots fired at the US #capitol
Vehicle rammed into two officers. https://t.co/gIMLba0SCO
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) April 2, 2021
JUST IN – Car smashed into the barrier at US Capitol complex. Two people are on stretchers. pic.twitter.com/OAkmvdrjj8
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) April 2, 2021