The US Capitol is officially in lockdown, over reports of an external security threat, police have warned. They’re responding to reports someone “rammed a vehicle” into two police officers.
The police were forced to open fire at the north barricade of the Capitol complex, according to ABC News.
A suspect has been taken into custody, while both officers have been taken to hospital.
One of the police officers is reportedly critically injured.
US Capitol Police (USPC) have now blocked off several parts of the area, including two road closures in Capitol Hill.
US Capitol Police (USCP) tweeted: “CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers.
“A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.
“Due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol, the following road closures are in effect:
-Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and First Street NW.
-First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE.”
More to follow…