The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a car slammed into cops guarding a barricade, injuring at least two Capitol Hill police just three months after the deadly January 6 insurgency.
The two officers are “seriously injured,” police sources confirmed to the Daily Beast.
“USCP responds to the North Barricade vehicle access point along [Constitution] Avenue for reports that someone crashed into a vehicle in two USCP officers, ”Capitol Police said in a statement.
“A suspect is in custody. The two officers are injured. All three were taken to hospital. “
The DC Metropolitan Police Department told the Daily Beast that a call arrived at around 1:05 p.m. at the Constitution Ave unit block in the northeast for information about a possible shooting. It is not known if the suspect was shot.
“We are currently transporting two patients,” the firefighters spokesperson told The Daily Beast, although they declined to say whether the patients were officers or civilians.
Several congressional reporters tweeted photos and videos of the scene unfolding in front of them. Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich said stretchers were being brought for the injured.
Jake Sherman, of Playbook, said a helicopter landed on the east front of the building.
Congress is on vacation, which means a majority of lawmakers are not near the building – although staff and other staff are inside. President Joe Biden left DC on Friday for Camp David.
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