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United States Capitol locked out after vehicle entered security barricade; Two officers injured, suspect in custody – Deadline

The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown on Friday after authorities said someone rammed a vehicle into a security barricade on the Senate side of the complex.

Two police officers were injured and a suspect is in custody, according to the United States Capitol Police.

“USCP is responding to the North Barricade Vehicle Access Point along Independence Avenue for reports that someone crashed into a vehicle in two USCP officers,” authorities said in a statement. “A suspect is in custody. The two officers are injured. All three were taken to hospital. “

It was not known what had led to the incident and the nature of the injuries to the officers.

CNN and other media quickly moved on to coverage of footage from the Senate side of the complex, where a blue sedan was shown smashed into a security fence. Journalists said the Capitol was on lockdown.

Security had been considerably tightened around the Capitol complex in the wake of the January 6 riot and siege. But a fencing perimeter had been removed in recent weeks, allowing narrower access to vehicles, but there has always been the presence of National Guard troops and a much larger number of police.

Congress was out of session this week, with many lawmakers returning to their home districts.

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