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WASHINGTON – Police say two officers are injured after a car “rammed” into two police officers near the U.S. Capitol building on Friday, injuring both officers.
D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department reported that they received 911 call at 1:05 p.m. about a “possible shooting” near the Capitol. The MPD said Capitol Police were taking the lead.
A car appears to have crashed into a security barrier outside the Capitol Hill complex.
According to a statement from Capitol Hill police, “someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers” on Constitution Ave.
“A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital,” the statement said.
U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
The gated entrance is one of several that allow access to the U.S. Capitol and is primarily used by senators and staff.
According to an email obtained by USA TODAY from a Hill staffer, sent from the United States Capitol Police at 1:20 pm: “The external security threat located at all of the U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings continues” and asks those outside to “seek cover.”
Text message alerts asked those inside to stay away from windows.
According to footage from Jake Sherman, a Capitol Hill reporter for Punchbowl News, a helicopter landed on the East side of the Capitol 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
Access to the Capitol premises has been heavily guarded since a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on Jan. 6 in a riot that led to five deaths.
Two layers of 8-foot fences, topped with barbed wire, were erected in the aftermath – one that surrounded the Capitol and another that surrounded the overall campus and blocks of federal buildings, including the Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
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