US Capitol: Police officer dies after car rams security barrier

An attack at the US Capitol complex in Washington DC has left one police officer dead and another in hospital with injuries. A car crashed into a security barrier before the driver lunged towards the officers with a knife, police said. The officers opened fire and the suspect was shot dead.

US Capitol Police (USCP) identified the officer who lost his life in the attack as William “Billy” Evans and said the other was in stable and non-life-threatening condition. After ramming the officers, the attacker “exited the vehicle with a knife in hand” and began “lunging” at the officers. The attacker was shot dead by the police. Authorities said the attack, which came three months after January’s deadly Capitol riots, did not appear to be terrorism-related. The attack was the most serious security threat at the Capitol since the deadly Jan. 6 riot that injured dozens and killed five people. A National Guard quick-response team, which was deployed after the riot, and the local police were on hand at the already heavily fortified Capitol complex.

President Biden ordered flags at the White House to be flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Evans, and Ms. Pelosi ordered the same at the Capitol.