Photos: U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in vehicle attack; suspect shot dead

Times Photography Staff
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2: Capitol Police officers lower and replace the American flag to half staff over the U.S. Capitol to honor the Capitol Police officer that was killed in the line of duty earlier today on April 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Capitol was briefly locked down after a person reportedly rammed a vehicle into multiple Capitol Hill police officers. One officer was killed and one was wounded. The suspect, who exited the vehicle with a knife was fatally shot. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Capitol Police officers lower the American flag on the Capitol building to half-staff to honor the officer killed in the line of duty earlier Friday. (Samuel Corum / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a car rammed a security barricade protecting the complex, locking down the building for two hours and reigniting tensions in a city still struggling to return to normalcy after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.

According to Capitol Police, a man drove his car into two officers and then crashed into the barricade. The driver exited the vehicle with a knife, “lunged” at one of the officers and was shot by police, officials said.

The suspect was taken into custody. He and the two seriously injured officers were transported to hospitals, where one officer and the suspect died, officials said.

Members of the National Guard leave the Capitol perimeter the they had been guarding.
Members of the National Guard leave the Capitol perimeter they had been guarding Friday after a car crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill. One police officer is dead, and one was wounded. The suspect was fatally shot by police during the incident. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
The car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill is seen near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington
The car that crashed into a barrier Friday on Capitol Hill. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Authorities investigate the scene.
Authorities investigate the scene. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Troops stand guard near the scene.
Troops stand guard near the scene. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, U.S. Capitol Police officers salute as procession goes by.
U.S. Capitol Police officers salute as a procession carries the remains of the officer killed when a man rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
U.S. Capitol Police officers investigate near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill
U.S. Capitol Police officers investigate. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman (R) attends a press briefing about the security incident at the U.S. Capitol
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman attends a press briefing about the security incident Friday. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
National Guard troops carrying riot shields walk up Constitution Ave. after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol
National Guard troops carrying riot shields walk up Constitution Avenue after the incident. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
A member of the National Guard patrols near the U.S. Capitol after a car crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill
A member of the National Guard patrols near the U.S. Capitol after a car crashed into a barrier Friday. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
A tow truck removes a car as law enforcement collect evidence at the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade
A tow truck removes the car as law enforcement collect evidence at the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade Friday at the U.S. Capitol. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.