One Officer Dead, Other People Injured After Violent ‘Incident’ Outside Pentagon

Law enforcement officers are seen near the entrance of the Pentagon after a report of an active shooter and lockdown in Washington, DC on August 3, 2021. - The Pentagon was on lockdown after a shooting at a subway st... Law enforcement officers are seen near the entrance of the Pentagon after a report of an active shooter and lockdown in Washington, DC on August 3, 2021. - The Pentagon was on lockdown after a shooting at a subway station just outside the secure US military headquarters. Employees in the US Defense Department headquarters in the Arlington suburb of Washington were ordered to shelter in place amid reports of several gunshots and injuries in the station, the entrance of which is just a few dozen yards (meters) from the building's main doors. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 3, 2021 12:39 p.m.

One police officer is dead after a violent incident outside of the Pentagon Tuesday morning. An undetermined number of others are injured and the status of the alleged assailant is unknown. 

The incident, which put the Pentagon into a brief lockdown, took place at a Metro bus platform just steps from the building’s front door.

“Gunfire was exchanged and there were several casualties,” Chief Woodrow Kusse of the Pentagon’s police force — known as the Pentagon Force Protection Agency — told reporters at a brief press conference Tuesday. “There were several injuries that resulted from the incident,” he added later.

The PFPA Twitter account subsequently confirmed that an officer had been killed.

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Kusse declined to discuss details of the incident, citing the ongoing investigation, but the Associated Press reported that the officer had been stabbed to death, and that the assailant had been shot and killed by law enforcement at the scene. Politico also reported that law enforcement shot the assailant. 

“We are not actively looking for another suspect at this time,” Kusse said, after noting that “the scene is safe and secure on the Pentagon reservation. There were a number of people who fled, and there are some erroneous reports that are being pursued as part of the ongoing investigation.”

Pentagon workers were told to shelter in place Tuesday morning after a “shooting incident,” Politico and The New York Times reported. Kusse said the incident took place around 10:37 a.m., when “a Pentagon police officer was attacked on a Metro bus platform.”

Shortly after, the PFPA announced that the building was on lockdown. A few minutes after noon, the police agency announced that the lockdown had been lifted. 

It remains unclear how many shots were fired, by whom, and whether any other weapons were used. Video shot from nearby showed law enforcement responding to the scene.

In 2010, a gunman shot and injured two Pentagon police officers before being shot and killed by law enforcement responding to the scene. 

This post has been updated.

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