The US Capitol was put on lockdown on Friday as a car hit two police officers and killed a barricade. One of the officers, William “Billy” Evans, died of his injuries, US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pitman said in a press release.
On Friday at noon, US Capitol Police Said that there was “an external security threat on the North Barricade” of the US Capitol along Constitution Avenue. Just after 1 a.m. ET, a suspect rammed his car into two officers and then crashed into the northern barricade, Pittman said. Pittol said the suspect took out the car with a knife in his hand, was shot by US Capitol Police officers and was pronounced dead. The second officer who was hit by the car is in a “stable and non-dangerous situation”, police said Tweet.
Several news outlets, including NBC News, The New York Times and The Washington Post, cited sources identifying the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green. The DC Metropolitan Police Department, which is handling the investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the US Capitol Police.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Conti said that at this time, there is no danger from the incident.
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that the social networking giant is in contact with law enforcement officials as they conduct their investigations. The social network pulled down the suspect’s Facebook and Instagram account, citing its rules against “dangerous individuals and organizations”. It is now standard practice for Facebook and other social media sites to remove pages from suspects of major crimes. Facebook does not allow users who “declare violent missions or engage in violence on their platform” according to their policy. The company said it “removes any material that represents praise, support or assault or a suspect.”
Images and videos from the scene were Shared on social media, Showing a large police response. Allegedly Congress offices were Told that entry or exit from buildings will not be allowed And people should stay away from external windows and doors.
The Congress is not in session, but some legalists, employees, journalists and police are still in the buildings. Security in US Capitol comes after microscopeAs Congress gathered to confirm the results of the presidential election.