Capitol locked down after crash injures officers

The Capitol complex went into lockdown Friday after a driver crashed a vehicle into a barricade outside the building.

The Capitol Police said a suspect was in custody following reports of the car crash into two officers on Constitution Avenue. Both the injured officers and the suspect were transported to a nearby hospital.

“A call came in at approximately 1:05 pm to the unit block of Constitution Ave, NE, for the report of a possible shooting,” said the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Video posted on social media by reporters at the Capitol appeared to show the car crashed into a barrier outside the building.

Shortly after the lockdown, D.C. National Guard troops assigned to the Capitol were ordered to report to the unit’s armory if they were not already at the Capitol complex, according to correspondence obtained by POLITICO. A quick response force — the contingent of troops deputized in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack — was activated shortly before 1:30 p.m., suggesting that the threat was not yet over.

A notice sent to lawmakers and staff shortly after 1:00 pm warned them to stay away from “exterior windows and doors” and for those outside, “seek cover.”

“Please keep the Capitol Police and first responders in your prayers as we try to understand the situation unfolding at the Capitol right now,” Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) tweeted.

Andrew Desiderio and Natasha Bertrand contributed to this report.


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