Suspect Kills U.S. Capitol Police Officer and Injures Another by Ramming Them With Car—Then Crashes Into Barrier

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 2, 2021 | 3:50pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - A suspect driving a passenger car rammed into two U.S. Capitol Police officers standing guard on a street on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol, killing one of the officers and injuring the other.

The suspect than crashed his car into the barrier erected to stop vehicles from approaching the Capitol without being cleared to do so.

He emerged from the car, carrying a knife, and lunged at police officers. The officers than shot him and he has died.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman held a press conference about an hour and forty minutes after the incident and explained what happened.

“It is with a heavy heart that I come here this afternoon to shed some light on the incident that occurred at the United States Capitol,” Pittman said.

“At approximately 1.02 hours this afternoon, a suspect entered what we refer to as the North barricade of the Capitol,” she said. “The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers and then hit the North barricade barrier.

“At such time, the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect. He did not respond to verbal commands,” Pittman said.

“The suspect did start lunging toward U.S. Capitol Police officers at which time U.S. Capitol police officers fired upon the suspect,” she said.

“At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased,” Pittman said.

“Two U.S. Capitol police officers were transported to two different hospitals. And it is with a very heavy, heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Pittman said.

“We are not able to release any information, names, age, date of birth or anything of that nature of this kind because we still have to notify the next of kin,” she said.

“I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers at this time,” said Pittman.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6, and now the events that have occurred here today. So, I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Hill police family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Pittman.

 

Here is the full text of Pittman’s statement:

 

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman: “Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Acting-Chief Yogananda Pittman for the United States Capitol Police. It is with a heavy heart that I come here this afternoon to shed some light on the incident that occurred at the United States Capitol. At approximately 1.02 hours this afternoon, a suspect entered what we refer to as the North barricade of the Capitol. The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers and then hit the North barricade barrier. At such time, the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect. He did not respond to verbal commands. The suspect did start lunging toward U.S. Capitol Police officers at which time U.S. Capitol police officers fired upon the suspect.

“At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased.

“Two U.S. Capitol police officers were transported to two different hospitals. And it is with a very heavy, heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. We are not able to release any information, names, age, date of birth or anything of that nature of this kind because we still have to notify the next of kin. I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers at this time. This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6, and now the events that have occurred here today. So, I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Hill police family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

“At this time, I am going to turn it over to the Metropolitan Police Chief, Mr. Robert Conti, for the Metropolitan Police Department portion of this investigation. Thank you.”

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