A police officer was killed on the Pentagon’s mass transit terminal Tuesday in an incident that pressured the lockdown of the US navy headquarters, the Protection Division stated.
Staff within the Pentagon constructing in Arlington, a suburb of Washington, had been ordered to shelter in place for greater than an hour after gunfire erupted within the bus and subway station simply yards (meters) from the doorway.
Officers stated the positioning was safe 90 minutes after the incident however declined to clarify what occurred.
“The incident is over, the scene is safe, and most significantly there is not any persevering with risk to our neighborhood,” stated Woodrow Kusse, chief of the Pentagon Drive Safety Company, which patrols the enduring five-sided constructing.
Kusse stated there have been “a number of accidents” however wouldn’t present particulars or affirm reviews that the officer was stabbed and died from his accidents, and that the attacker was shot lifeless.
“This fallen officer died within the line of obligation, serving to defend the tens of 1000’s of people that work in — and who go to — the Pentagon every day,” Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin stated in a press release.
“He and his fellow officers are members of the Pentagon household, and recognized to us all as skilled, expert and courageous.”
Austin stated the investigation into the incident is continuous and stated it ought to “proceed unimpeded and with out hypothesis.”
Subway providers had been quickly suspended and buses headed to the station had been diverted to different stops.
Scores of police gathered exterior the George Washington College Hospital in Washington the place the officer was taken.
“The Pentagon at present is on lockdown attributable to an incident on the Pentagon Transit Middle. We’re asking the general public to please keep away from the world,” the Pentagon’s safety pressure tweeted after the incident passed off at about 10:37 am (1437 GMT).
Arlington County emergency providers stated they encountered “a number of” individuals needing remedy on the scene, with out offering any extra info.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated Austin was out of the constructing on the time, in a gathering with President Joe Biden.
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