The basics On Friday, a driver knocked down two police officers near the Capitol in Washington (USA). According to the first elements of the investigation, the latter would have darkened in the security gates before a shooting broke out.
Three months after the fatal attack on Capitol Hill, the seat of the US Congress was put on alert again on Friday when a car crashed into police and injured two officers before a suspect was arrested. The driver of the car is dead, said several US media outlets, while police only confirmed his arrest.
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– ud83c udf10Der Globus (@LeGlobe_info) April 2, 2021
The Capitol grounds were placed under very high protection after the January 6 attack, led by pro-Trump demonstrators. Some of the protective barriers had recently been removed and the security area around the US Parliament seat tightened. In the early afternoon, Capitol police announced that they had intervened “after they were informed that someone had driven a vehicle on two officers.” “A suspect has been arrested,” said police on Twitter. “Both police officers are injured. All three have been taken to hospital.” According to media reports, shots were fired when the suspect was arrested. The suspect allegedly brandished a knife as he got out of the vehicle, journalists said.
The events took place near a checkpoint on the Senate side. Congress elected officials are on recess this week, but some members of their teams, congressional staff and journalists were in attendance. A helicopter landed on the promenade at the foot of the Capitol for a while and then went after the pictures of a journalist filmed from inside. National Guard soldiers, stationed in the Capitol since Jan. 6, holding shields, stormed the Capitol from nearby parliamentary offices. Others took up positions near police checkpoints blocking the road. The police blocked several streets around the congress headquarters “because of an external threat”. “We’re still learning what happened,” tweeted Republican Senate chairman Mitch McConnell, thanking the police.
Pray for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked in the Capitol. We’re still learning what happened. Grateful to all USCP and first responders who are on site.
– Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) April 2, 2021
Several thousand Donald Trump supporters stormed the seat of Congress on January 6 as elected officials confirmed the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election. Five people were killed in the attack, the spontaneity of which is increasingly being questioned, and more than 300 people have so far been arrested in connection with their participation in the attack.