Police in U.S. Capitol responding to ‘critical incident’ after reported vehicle ramming – National
The U.S. Capitol police say they are responding to a “critical incident” following reports of a vehicle ramming two officers on the grounds of the federal legislature.
A tweet sent from the verified U.S. Capitol Police account said that officers are responding to reports of a ramming of two officers at one of the vehicle access points to the grounds.
Police said a suspect is in custody and both officers are injured.
“All three have been transported to the hospital,” the tweet said.
No information is yet available on the details of the apparent incident.
A press conference is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Eastern. Global News will carry that live.
The Associated Press reported that at least one officer was in serious condition, while the driver was in critical condition, citing two law enforcement sources.
According to that report, police said all Capitol buildings were being locked down “due to an external security threat” and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings.
The verified Twitter account for the National Guard’s public affairs division tweeted that they deployed an Immediate Response Force of soliders and airmen to support the police response.
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The incident occurred near the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.
The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, according to the Associated Press, which also noted that Congress is currently on recess.
U.S. President Joe Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred.
The apparent lockdown comes nearly three months after violent pro-Trump mobs stormed the U.S. Capitol buildings in an insurrection aimed at disrupting the certification of Electoral College votes.
Biden won that election.
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The Associated Press at the time cited Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, as telling members of Congress that the decision came following advice from Capitol police that “there does not exist a known, credible threat” to warrant keeping the barrier in place.
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With files from The Associated Press.
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