Officer killed in attack near US Capitol

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Melissa Mahtani and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 7:54 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021
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2:27 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

Suspect in Friday's attack has died, sources say

 From CNN's Lauren Fox, Jessica Dean and David Shortell 

Multiple sources confirm that the suspect in Friday's attack near the US Capitol has died. 

A law enforcement official confirmed earlier that at least one of the officers was stabbed.

Earlier, a senior Congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source told CNN that after a driver rammed a car into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing a knife.

The Capitol complex remains in total lockdown, and no one is being allowed in or out of any Capitol buildings.

 

2:25 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

Here's what the scene at the US Capitol looks like right now

From CNN's Brianna Keiler 

Troops stand guard near the scene of a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 2.
Troops stand guard near the scene of a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 2. Patrick Semansky/AP

Officers and some National Guard were spotted barricading a roadway near the US Capitol this afternoon following the incident.

2:24 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

One of the Capitol Police officers was stabbed

From CNN's Evan Perez

A law enforcement official confirms that at least one of the officers was stabbed.

Earlier, a senior Congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source told CNN that after a driver rammed a car into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing a knife.

The US Capitol Police responded and shot the suspect, who was taken into custody, according to police. The sources say the suspect was conscious and taken to a hospital. 

4:01 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

How lawmakers are reacting to the security threat at the Capitol

From CNN's Ali Main

Both the House and the Senate are currently in recess, but lawmakers are watching the situation at the US Capitol and tweeting their reactions. Many lawmakers are in their home districts for the Easter holiday.

Here's how some of them are reacting:

2:15 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

Security threat at Capitol brought back memories of Jan. 6 insurrection, congressman says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said he left his congressional office to grab some Chinese food, and when he got back, he received calls from staff telling him to stay away from the building because of a security threat.

“Honestly, it did bring back memories of January 6th,” he said, referring to the Capitol insurrection

He said he is grateful to Capitol Police and spoke to an officer, who instructed him to wait in his car. 

“It’s really sad, because I had thought once the barriers were removed, that we were moving back to some sense of normalcy. But this just shows the level of risk that there still is and really sad this is happening at the Capitol,” he told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. 

“There is a sense that now ... simply going to work is something that has become dangerous. And I can't imagine saying that, that going to the United States Capitol to represent your constituents, is actually a dangerous thing in the United States of America. It's just deeply saddening,” he said. 

2:08 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

Here's what we know about the security threat at the Capitol, according to officials

From Lauren Fox and Josh Campbell

In an email from the US Capitol Police, obtained by CNN, the agency laid out the following details of the incident:

  • USCP shot the suspect after he rammed the barricade and exited holding a knife.
  • He is now in custody – breathing and conscious – and was transported to a hospital.
  • Two officers were injured, and one is being transported to the hospital by USCP.
  • The second is being medevaced out (medical evacuation).

Separately, CNN has confirmed that the FBI Washington Field Office is providing support to the US Capitol Police.

2:11 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

McConnell says lawmakers are "still learning what's taken place"

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a hearing at Russell Senate Office Building on March 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a hearing at Russell Senate Office Building on March 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to Twitter to offer prayers for two US Capitol Police officers injured during Friday's incident.

"Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol," he said of the officers. US Capitol Police say someone rammed a vehicle into a barricade on Constitution Avenue.

He went on to say that they are "still learning what's taken place."

2:01 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

2 Capitol Police officers injured after car rammed barrier

From CNN's Lauren Fox and Kristin Wilson 

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 2.
U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 2. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

A senior Congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source tell CNN that after the driver of the vehicle rammed their car into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing a knife.

The US Capitol Police responded and shot the suspect, who was taken into custody. 

The sources say the suspect was conscious and taken to a hospital. 

1:54 p.m. ET, April 2, 2021

FBI responding to situation at US Capitol

The FBI in Washington, DC, is responding to the situation at the US Capitol to assist them.

US Capitol Police confirmed earlier that someone rammed a vehicle into two officers near Constitution Avenue. The officers were injured and taken to a hospital, police tweeted.

A suspect has been taken into custody and transported to a hospital, police said.