A motorist slammed into a vehicle inside two United States Capitol Police officers on Friday, injuring them in an apparent attack.
The attack forced the Capitol and Congressional office buildings on high alert while law enforcement officials investigated, Capitol Police said.
Capitol Police said they responded to reports that someone had run into a vehicle in two policemen and that a suspect was in custody.
“The two officers are injured.
“All three were taken to hospital,” their statement read.
Dozens of police cars, marked and unmarked, raced towards the iconic white domed building, a reminder that the complex was overrun three months ago by thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump on the January 6.
All roads leading to the complex have been blocked by police.
A helicopter was seen hovering overhead and the observers were ordered to leave the area.
Videos from the scene showed what appeared to be two people on stretchers loaded into ambulances.
Authorities have only started in the past two weeks removing the outer ring of tall barbed wire-topped fences erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after the January 6 rampage.
This assault came as the House of Representatives and Senate, along with the Senate, chaired by then-Vice President Mike Pence, certified Democratic President Joe Biden‘s November election victory over Republican Trump.
At the time, Trump supporters shouted slogans such as “Stop the Steal” and “Hang Mike Pence” as they attacked the Capitol and said they hoped to stop voter certification.
Biden took office on January 20.
Biden was also out of town.
He arrived at the presidential retreat from Camp David in Maryland early Friday afternoon. (Reuters / NAN)
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