Five people died in the assault, including a US Capitol Police officer and one rioter who was shot by a USCP officer.
U.S. Capitol Police say an officer has died after a suspect rammed his vehicle into two officers and lunged at officers with a knife before being shot.
Biden, who had just left the White House for Camp David when Friday's attack unfolded, said he and First Lady Jill Biden were "heartbroken" to learn of the latest bloodshed. Their rioters' efforts ultimately failed, and US President Joe Biden was sworn in under heavy guard on January 20. Facebook said in a statement that it removed the suspect's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and were in contact with law enforcement.
Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police's radar.
He wrote that he had faced "unimaginable tests" and was now "in search of a spiritual journey". His social media presence, as reviewed by NBC News and by Law&Crime, indicates he was a follower of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He had been a member of the U.S. Capitol Police for 18 years. Officers shot Green after the attack, and he died at the hospital. He ordered flags at the White House to be lowered to half-staff. "The suspect did start lunging toward US Capitol Police officers, at which time US Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect".
Biden also was out of the city.
Security officials, including the Capitol Police and National Guard, were faulted for reacting slowly to the crowds who stormed the Capitol on 6 January. It comes as the Washington region remains on edge almost three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's presidential win.
Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 inspecting the vehicle.
In the Jan 6 attack, hundreds of extremist Trump-backers smashed into the Capitol building yelling threats against politicians and shutting down the legislature.
The Capitol Police announced that both the suspect and one of the police officers involved have both passed away.
At the time Trump's supporters shouted slogans including "Stop the Steal" and "Hang Mike Pence" as they attacked the Capitol and said they hoped to stop the election certification.
Already deployed to the Capitol for extra security, National Guard troops were seen quickly mobilizing at and around the building after the car-ramming.
According to the Capitol Police, the second officer is in stable and non-threatening condition. "My heart breaks for the family of Officer William Evans and I pray for the other officer injured".
"I'm heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family".
But, Pittman said, they also remain on edge.