US: Officer dead in violence outside Pentagon, suspect killed


An officer died after being stabbed on Tuesday as violence was reported from a transit station outside the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US military, officials said, adding that a suspect in the incident was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene.

The Pentagon was put under a temporary lockdown after multiple gunshots were heard near the Transit Center. The public was advised to avoid travelling to the area as it was deemed to be unsafe.

“The Pentagon currently is on lock down due to an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center. We are asking the public to please avoid the area,” Pentagon Force Protection Agency tweeted at 8.31 pm (IST).

The lockdown was later lifted.

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were at the White House meeting with President Joe Biden, when the shooting incident took place.

According to news agency the Associated Press, multiple gunshots were fired on a bus platform near Pentagon’s Metro station.

“At least one person was down, according to two people familiar with the shooting, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release information publicly. The person’s condition was not known,” AP reported.

The report said the firing incident occurred on a metro bus platform that is part of the Pentagon Transit Center. This facility is reportedly just steps from the Pentagon building.

According to the Associated Press, one of their reporters who was present near the building heard multiple gunshots.

There was a pause after the gunshots and “then at least one additional shot” was heard. “Another AP journalist heard police yelling ‘shooter’,” the agency reported.

“Another AP journalist heard police yelling ‘shooter’,” the agency reported, adding that authorities have asked metro subway trains to “bypass” the Pentagon due to a police investigation

In a report, CNN quoted a Pentagon spokesperson saying the “incident is ongoing”.

“Right now, we’ve just confirmed that the Pentagon is on lockdown. There is an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center,” Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman Chris Layman said. He added, the “incident is ongoing”.

CNN said Layman added that the “was not safe”, and that he cautioned people to avoid the area.

PENTAGON LIFTS LOCKDOWN

At 9.27 pm (IST), the Pentagon tweeted that the scene of the incident is “secure” but is still an “active crime scene”.

“We request that everyone stay away from the Metro rail entrance and bus platform area. Transportation at the Pentagon is diverted to Pentagon City,” the tweet read.

At 9.41 pm (IST), Pentagon announced that the lockdown was lifted. The lockdown was lifted except for the area around the crime scene.

“The Pentagon has lifted the lockdown and has reopened. Corridor 2 and the Metro entrance remains closed. Corridor 3 is open for pedestrian traffic,” it tweeted.

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