Capitol police officer killed in a knife attack


Capitol police officer killed in a knife attack

Picture Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A police officer has died from a knife attack that happened at the north barricade of the U.S. Capitol. The officer's name has not yet been revealed. The suspect  who has not been name drove toward a barricade and then exited the vehicle with a knife in hand before lunging at the police officers.  The suspect was reportedly shot dead during the confrontation.

Acting Capitol police chief Yogananda Pittman revealed the news in a press conference.

“It is with heavy heart that I come here this afternoon to shed some light on the incident that occurred at the U.S. Capitol.”

"The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers and then hit the north barricade barrier… 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. The suspect has been pronounced deceased."

The motive of the attack is not yet known but terrorism is reportedly not suspected.