Capitol police said Friday that the suspect was in custody after two police officers were hit and injured by a vehicle near the Capitol’s heavily guarded northern entrance to the United States.
The Capitol complex was locked as the agency instructed employees to stay indoors, away from doors and windows, as eyewitnesses posted videos with a large response from law enforcement.
“He is a suspect in the arrest,” Capitol police said on Twitter. “Both police officers were injured. All three were transported to the hospital. “
One of the media members, Jake Sherman, published a video showing a helicopter landing near the building.
Congress is on vacation and most lawmakers are not near the building, and President Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David.
Shortly after 1 p.m., an alarm sounded and a signal was sent to all Capitol Hill employees.
“Capitol: Due to an external security threat located on all buildings on the U.S. Capitol campus, entry or exit is not currently permitted. You can move around the building (s), but stay away from outside windows and doors. If you’re out, look for cover, “the Capitol police said in a statement.