A police officer died after being stabbed on Tuesday morning during a burst of violence at a transit station outside the Pentagon.
A shooting resulted in the Pentagon being locked down for nearly two hours. During the incident, a Pentagon officer was stabbed and later died, according to officials who were not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Pentagon lifted the lockdown and reopened early afternoon after gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station, leaving multiple people injured.
The shooting took place at around 10.30am, prompting officials to place the sprawling US Department of Defense headquarters.
The lockdown was lifted at 12.15pm, according to a tweet from the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which said that the scene was secure.
The lockdown was lifted except for the area around the crime scene.
Police block off an entrance to the Pentagon following reports of multiple gun shots fired on a bus platform near the facility’s Metro station Tuesday
Several people were said to have been injured in the shooting outside the Pentagon, among them a police officer
The Pentagon was on lockdown for nearly two hours on Tuesday after multiple gunshots were fired
The lockdown went into effect at 10.30am and was lifted at 12.15pm on Tuesday
A crowded scene in the Metro bus station outside the Pentagon on Tuesday afternoon
Arlington Fire Department previously said its crews encountered ‘multiple patients,’ but it is unclear at this time if any of them was shot.
A police officer was said to be among the victims. He was taken to George Washington Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from stab wounds.
The connection between the shooting and the stabbing of the officer was not immediately clear. The authorities did not immediately provide details or the sequence of events.
The incident occurred on a Metro bus platform that is part of the Pentagon Transit Center. The hub is just steps from the Pentagon building, which is in Arlington County, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
An Associated Press reporter near the building heard multiple gunshots, then a pause, then at least one additional shot. Another AP journalist heard police yelling ‘shooter.’
A Pentagon announcement said the facility was on lockdown due to ‘police activity.’
Fairfax Police are actively searching for a suspect in the shooting. They believe the suspect is headed north toward Maryland, reported Fox 5 DC.
Emergency vehicles are seen outside the Pentagon Metro area Tuesday amid lockdown
A helicopter is seen flying over the Pentagon in Washington DC as police search for a shooting suspect
Heavily armed law enforcement officers are seen near the entrance of the Pentagon after a report of an active shooter and lockdown in Washington, DC
Metro subway trains are bypassing the Pentagon because of the lockdown
A police officer holding an assault-style rifle is seen looking at vehicles outside the Pentagon
A police officer in tactical gear looks at vehicles outside the Pentagon on Tuesday as cops hunt for a shooting suspect
Metro subway trains were ordered to bypass the Pentagon due to the police investigation.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were at the White House meeting with President Joe Biden, at the time of the shooting.
In 2010, two officers with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency were wounded when a gunman approached them at a security screening area. The officers, who survived, returned fire, fatally wounding the gunman, identified as John Patrick Bedell.