Photos, Videos From Capitol Show Car Smashed Into Barricade, Helicopter Landing on Lawn

Photos and videos show that a car rammed into a security barricade outside of the U.S. Capitol building on Friday afternoon. There is heavy police presence at the scene, and U.S. Capitol Police said that one officer was killed and another injured in the incident.

Capitol staff were told to "seek cover" after reports of an external security threat came in. Initially, it was believed that there had been a shooting, but it was later confirmed that a car had rammed a barricade. There is currently no entry or exit permitted at the Capitol building.

There are also photos and videos showing a helicopter landing on the east front of the building.

🚨🚨A helicopter just landed on the east front of the Capitol. I’ve never seen anything like this before. ever. pic.twitter.com/LxV0mywRSe

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 2, 2021

Large police presence and two stretchers being brought out pic.twitter.com/EmidoLP0PT

— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) April 2, 2021

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— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 2, 2021

🚨يبدو ان هناك جرحى خارج المبنى، والمعلومات الاولية تشير الى ان سيارة اخترقت الحاجز الامني pic.twitter.com/xHwZCbWVU5

— Rana Abtar - رنا أبتر (@Ranaabtar) April 2, 2021

I am on lockdown inside the Capitol complex. Lots of first responders called and a helicopter just landed on the East front pic.twitter.com/7hKjPeX3Ah

— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) April 2, 2021

A large number of national guard troops now surround the roadblocks previously installed around the Capitol. This was from the corner of Louisiana and Constitution NW pic.twitter.com/wpCfkAuVcL

— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) April 2, 2021
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Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol on April 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty

"USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital," the U.S. Capitol Police department said in a statement.

Officials confirmed at a press conference that an unknown suspect and one Capitol police officer died. Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said the suspect, who brandished a knife when he exited the vehicle, died in a hospital after being shot by Capitol Police.

A spokesperson for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DC FEMS) previously confirmed to Newsweek that they were transporting at least two victims to a local hospital.

One of the officers involved in the incident was transported to a local hospital via police car while DC FEMS transported the second, according to the Associated Press.

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Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol on April 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty
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National Guard stand guard after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol on April 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty

Robert Contee, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said that the attack "does not appear to be terrorism-related" but said an investigation is ongoing.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who learned of the situation during a press briefing, told reporters that President Joe Biden "always travels with a national security rep, of course within, somebody who serves as essentially an acting chief of staff, typically a member of the press team, who travels regularly to kind of reconstruct the team that's around him in the White House."

Biden was not in Washington, D.C. at the time. He departed the White House on Friday for Camp David. Psaki confirmed that the president is aware of what happened at the Capitol but has not yet issued a public statement.

Friday's incident came three months after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol in objection to the certification of Biden's electoral victory in the 2020 election on January 6. Capitol personnel has been on high alert and taken extra security measures in recent months out of fears of a repeat event.

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Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee speaks during a a press briefing about the security incident at the U.S. Capitol on April 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty
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National Guard troops stand guard along Constitution Avenue as law enforcement responds to a security incident near the U.S. Capitol on April 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty
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Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC. U.S. Capitol Police responded to a "critical incident" outside the building on Friday. Eric Baradat/AFP