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One police officer killed after car rams barricade at US Capitol

WASHINGTON: One police officer was killed and another was hospitalized after a man rammed a car into a security barrier near the U.S. Capitol building on Friday (April 2).

A driver rammed his vehicle into two USCP officers near the Capitol and then continued to hit the barrier on Constitution Avenue.

“We are devastated to share the sad news that one of our officers William “Billy” Evans involved in this afternoon’s incident passed away. USCP is working to notify the officer’s next of kin before it releases additional information,” said U.S. Capitol Police in a statement.

“Just after 1pm, a man in a blue sedan rammed his vehicle into the North Barricade at the U.S. Capitol, striking 2 USCP officers. The Department immediately locked down the Capitol Campus. The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers. At least one officer, drew their weapon and shot the suspect,” added U.S. Capitol Police in the statement.

One USCP officer was transported by a USCP cruiser to the hospital. The second USCP officer was transported by DC Fire and EMS. The suspect was also transported by DC Fire and EMS to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

The police said that the other officer’s condition was stable.

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