Police say the man was gunned down after he jumped out of his vehicle and lunged at two officers with a knife.
A suspect has been shot dead and a police officer has been killed after a car rammed into a barricade near the US Capitol in Washington DC, prompting a lockdown at the complex on high alert since January’s deadly riots.
Four senior law enforcement officials have told NBC News the suspect was 25-year-old Noah Green, from Covington, Virginia.
Capitol Police have confirmed the officer who died was William ‘Billy’ Evans.
Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the force, said the suspect jumped out of his vehicle brandishing a knife after he drove at Officer Evans and another officer at the barricade at around 1pm local time (6pm UK time) on Friday.
She continued: The suspect did start lunging towards US Capitol police officers, at which time US Capitol police officers fired upon the suspect.
At this time the suspect has been pronounced deceased.
Two US Capitol police officers were transported to two different hospitals and it is with a very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries.