National Guard presence around the Capitol after a suspect rammed a police checkpoint

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The National Guard deployed an immediate reaction force to the US Capitol Friday afternoon after someone rammed a police checkpoint, killing one officer and injuring another, the Guard said in a statement.

The IRF consisted of soldiers and airmen ready to support Capitol Police. The Guard said that “due to operational security, we cannot discuss further details regarding the IRF.”

No National Guard members were injured in the incident at the Capitol.

Currently, approximately 2,300 National Guard members are in DC supporting local, state, and federal authorities in DC.

— NGB-PA Press Desk (@NGBPA1636) April 2, 2021

Capitol Police reported this afternoon that an unidentified suspect “rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers.” The suspect, who is said to have gotten out of the car with a knife, was shot and has died. One Capitol police officer was killed in the attack and another has been hospitalized.

CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence 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.

— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021

Multiple videos captured National Guard troops responding to the incident at the Capitol. 

Guard troops heading out with their riot gear

— Steve Beynon (@StevenBeynon) April 2, 2021

As the National Guard said in its statement, there are more than 2,300 Guard members in Washington, DC supporting local, state, and federal authorities.

National Guard now deployed around the US Capitol after car rams barrier at least one person shot, two officers injured. @nbcwashington

— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) April 2, 2021

The National Guard presence is significantly smaller than the more than 25,000 Guard members that were deployed to the nation’s capital following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol complex and heightened security surrounding President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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The National Guard deployed an immediate reaction force after someone rammed police officers with a car at the Capitol

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