A police officer has been killed in an attack on the US Capitol, in which a suspect rammed his vehicle into a police car, before being shot dead.
In an incident that sent alarm across the nation as it prepared for the Spring break holiday, authorities said the as yet unidentified suspect, had driven into a car containing two officers.
He then got out, apparently carrying a knife, and lunged at the officers, before he was shot dead.
Yogananda Pittman, acting head of the Capitol Hill police force, said the incident had happened at around 1.30pm and that the suspect and both officers were taken to hospital.
“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” she said.
The suspect also died.
“I just ask that the public continue to keep the US Capitol police in their prayers,” she said.
“This has been an extremely difficult time for the Capitol police after the events of 6th January and now this.”
The incident came three months after hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, in an attempt to stop a Joint Session of Congress ratifying the electoral votes for Joe Biden. As many as 140 officers were injured in that incident, and one of them, Brian Sicknick, died.