A knife-wielding suspect was shot to death by police after ramming a car into two officers standing guard outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon, according to reports and law enforcement officials.
Capitol Police said on its Twitter account that the suspect, driving a dark blue sedan, crashed into the two officers at a barricade on the Senate side of the historic building shortly after 1 p.m.
Both officers were wounded — at least one seriously — and later taken to a hospital, officials said. The suspect was shot after exiting the car brandishing what appeared to be a knife, the officials said.
The unidentified suspect later died from his injuries, NBC News reported.
The unsettling Friday incident comes less than three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a violent attempt to overturn President Biden’s election victory. Five people died in the Jan. 6 attack, including a police officer.
President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when Friday’s incident took place. As customary, he was traveling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him.