A driver smashed through a barrier outside the US Capitol and struck two cops, and he was shot by police when he got out and pulled a knife, according to officials and reports.
All three were taken to the hospital — with the suspect in police custody — as the building was placed on lockdown during the 1 p.m. chaos.
The incident took place at a vehicle checkpoint on the north side of the Capitol along Independence Avenue in Washington DC, police said.
Sources told NBC News that the driver got out of the car with a knife after hitting the officers, and police shot him.
Cellphone video clips showed a helicopter landing near the Capitol before taking off a short time later.
A photo also shows a dark sedan with its front end crumpled against a white metal, pop-up barricade with the words “STOP” in red.
The driver’s door and trunk were also open as authorities gathered around a band of yellow caution tape.
There were unconfirmed initial reports of a shooting.
The incident took place amid heavy security put in place following the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6.