2 Capitol Police Officers Injured In Capitol Complex Vehicle Attack
Officials from the Capitol Police in D.C. have confirmed that a suspect is in custody after striking two Capitol Police officers with a vehicle. The collision occurred at the north entrance to the Capitol complex.
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
“A suspect is in custody,” the Capitol Police said in a statement via Twitter. “Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”
Images from the Capitol Complex show several police vehicles and two stretchers at the north entrance.
Large police presence and two stretchers being brought out pic.twitter.com/EmidoLP0PT
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) April 2, 2021
Another account showed a helicopter landing on the Capitol Complex with no helipad below it, indicating urgency.
🚨🚨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
Congress is currently on recess, so the Capitol building is mostly empty. President Joe Biden also left for Camp David hours before, making Capitol Hill largely unpopulated during today’s incident.
An alarm in the Capitol building went off shortly after 1 p.m. Friday saying, “Due to an external security threat located All U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings, no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover.”