On Friday, a Capitol Police officer was killed after ramming a car into a barricade outside the Capitol building. The driver also brandished a knife, which resulted in the building being put on lockdown.
Chief Yogananda Pittman stated two officers were rammed by the suspect’s sedan after he drove through a barricade shortly after 1pm.
The driver was also said to have had a knife, and he was shot by authorities after he failed to respond to verbal commands.
It’s also reported that he “lunged” at authorities with his knife, according to The Daily Beast. “The knife was clearly in his hand and he started to run toward the officers,” Pittman stated.
“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Pittman said. “We ask that you keep U.S. Capitol Police in your prayers.”
The second officer is “seriously hurt,” The Daily Beast also reports.
There is an ongoing investigation, but Pittman stated that the attack wasn’t “terrorism-related.”
The name of the suspect hasn’t been immediately confirmed by the Capitol Police officers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags to be lowered at half-staff.
Most recently, two Capitol Police officers have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump because of the January 6th incident.
The lawsuit claims that Trump’s repeated claims of election fraud led to the attack from the large mob of his supporters. The pair also states in the lawsuit that they suffered both physical and emotional injuries as a result. Blassingame and Hemby are seeking compensatory damages of a minimum of $75,000 each and punitive damages of an unspecified amount.
As you know, on January 6th Trump extremists participated in an insurrection at that Capitol building. One Trump extremist was killed while attempting to get into the building. Officer Brian Sicknick died in hospital after succumbing to injuries during the riot. Two other officers died by suicide.