A motorist has rammed a car into US Capitol police and brandished a knife, killing one officer and injuring another and forcing the Capitol complex to lock down in an attack that police said did not appear to be terrorism-related.
Police shot and killed the suspect.
Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the US Capitol Police, said the suspect drove into the officers, then hit a barricade and got out of the vehicle, lunging at them with a knife.
"It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries," she told a news conference on Friday.
Police identified the slain officer as William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force and father of two children. Officials said the other officer was in a stable and non-life threatening condition.
"It does not appear to be terrorism-related but obviously we'll continue to investigate," said Robert Contee, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington.
President Joe Biden said he was heartbroken by the attack and ordered flags at the White House be lowered to half-mast. In a statement, he said he was being briefed on the investigation.
Multiple media organisations, citing anonymous sources, named the suspect as Noah Green, 25, of Newport News, Virginia. Green's brother told the Washington Post that his sibling struggled with drug use and paranoia and his family worried about his mental state.
According to media reports, Green spoke on Facebook about the "end times", the anti-Christ, and government "mind control". He also said he was unemployed after leaving his job, "partly due to afflictions," and praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Facebook said in a statement that it removed the suspect's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and were in contact with law enforcement.
Brendan Green told the Washington Post his brother had been violently ill on Thursday evening at the Virginia apartment they shared, and later sent him a text message saying that he planned to become homeless.
Police said the suspect was not known to them, and they had yet to determine what motivated him.
"Clearly this was someone who was actively trying to just get at whoever or whatever - we just don't know right now," Contee said. "Whether the attack was at law enforcement, or whoever, we have a responsibility to get to the bottom of it and we'll do that."
Dozens of police cars, marked and unmarked, raced toward the iconic domed white building, in an unwelcome reminder of January 6, when thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump overran the complex.
Videos and photographs from the scene showed a blue car rammed into a security barricade, a front door open.
There were few people at the Capitol. Members of Congress were not in Washington on Friday, with both the Senate and House of Representatives in recess for the Easter holiday.
Dozens of National Guard troops, who have been stationed at the Capitol since the January attack, quickly deployed. Heavily armed and in riot gear, they jogged in columns to stand in rows at the scene and around the complex.
Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after the January 6 rampage. Many of the thousands of National Guard troops posted at the building in January had also been sent home.
"This has been an extremely difficult time for US Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today. So I ask that you keep our US Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers," Pittman said.