The National Guard deployed an immediate reaction force after someone rammed police officers with a car at the Capitol

  • The National Guard sent an immediate reaction force out to bolster security at the Capitol Friday.
  • A suspect rammed a police checkpoint on Friday. The suspect and a police officer have died.
  • The Guard presence in DC has been elevated since the Capitol riot earlier this year.
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The National Guard deployed an immediate reaction force to the US Capitol Friday afternoon after someone rammed a police checkpoint.

National Guard troops near the CapitolJohn Haltiwanger/Business Insider

The IRF consisted of soldiers and airmen ready to support Capitol Police, the Guard said in a statement, adding that “due to operational security, we cannot discuss further details regarding the IRF.”

Guard troops are lined up around the perimeter of the Capitol and are wearing face shields to protect from COVID and carrying riot shields. Some appear to have sidearms; however, most wield batons in addition to the shields.

National Guard troops deployed near the CapitolJohn Haltiwanger/Business Insider

Capitol Police reported Friday afternoon that an unidentified suspect “rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers.”

The suspect, who is said to have gotten out of the car with a knife, was shot and has died. One Capitol police officer was died of injuries sustained during the attack and another is hospitalized.

Multiple videos captured National Guard troops responding to the incident at the Capitol. 

As the National Guard said in its statement, there are more than 2,300 Guard members in Washington, DC supporting local, state, and federal authorities.

The National Guard presence is significantly smaller than the more than 25,000 Guard members that were deployed to the nation’s capital following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol complex and heightened security surrounding President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Members of Virginia National Guard walk by the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

There have been allegations that the Pentagon dragged its feet with the National Guard response to the riot, delaying a necessary call to action by 3 hours.

While the Guard presence has diminished since January, it remains elevated due to persistent security concerns.

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