- LAST MINUTE: Police reveal how the officer died.
- The Pentagon was closed due to the emergency.
- The shooting broke out at a nearby bus stop.
Police confirm a police officer was killed in shooting outside Pentagon. An officer was stabbed to death in an outbreak of violence on Tuesday at a transit station near the Pentagon, police sources told The Associated Press news agency.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the US armed forces and was closed for more than an hour after the outbreak of gunfire, which immediately drew the attention of the national and international press due to the importance of the building.
Pentagon shooting leaves officer stabbed
A Pentagon official who was stabbed later succumbed to his injuries, sources who spoke to the AP said on condition of anonymity. Authorities scheduled a press conference after the incident to elaborate on the shooting at the Pentagon.
The incident occurred at a bus stop that is part of the Pentagon Transit Center, the Pentagon Protection Agency tweeted. The stop is a short walk from the Pentagon Building, which is located in Arlington County.
They reported several shots in the shooting at the Pentagon
The military building is in Virginia, on the other side of the Potomac River that separates it from Washington, AP notes. An Associated Press reporter near the building heard multiple shots, then a pause, and then at least one more shot.
Another AP reporter heard an officer yelling “shooter.” Following the shooting at the Pentagon, an ad said the facility was closed due to “police activity.” The agency responsible for the building’s security tweeted shortly before noon that the scene of the incident was secured.
This is not the first time all hell has broken out in the Pentagon
At the time of the incident, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, were in an official meeting at the White House with the President. Joe bidennotes The Associated Press.
In 2010, two Pentagon security agents were injured when a gunman confronted them in a control zone. The agents, who survived, shot down the attacker, identified as John Patrick Bedell, recalls AP.
Access points reopen after shooting at Pentagon
After the shooting at the Pentagon, the accesses were reopened on Tuesday more than an hour after it closed them due to the violent incident that occurred in front of one of its entrances, where there is a bus and subway stop, Efe points out.
The Pentagon Protection Force Agency, in charge of the custody of the place, reported on its Twitter account the reopening of access to the site, but warned that the entrance to the subway and one of the corridors that connect the complex with that station remain closed.
“It is still an active crime scene”
“The scene of the incident is safe,” added that force, which, however, warned that “it is still an active crime scene.” In addition, according to Efe, he recommended that citizens stay “away from the subway entrance and the bus platform area.”
The event occurred at a point where one of the main entrances to the site is located, used daily by thousands of Pentagon employees and where buses of various lines stop in the area. The Protection Force did not report any injuries or deaths at the scene.
Multiple patients after brutal shooting
However, the Arlington Fire Department, where the Pentagon is located, outside of Washington DC, had reported on Twitter that it had found “multiple patients” when it came to respond to “an active incident of violence” in the area of the Pentagon subway.
The newspaper The New York Times He indicated, citing a public affairs employee of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, that at around 10:45 local time a message was read through the Pentagon’s loudspeaker system warning of “a shooting in the subway bus area” and that he asked to remain in the building “until further notice.”
They shielded themselves from outside threats
The Pentagon had closed its entrances and exits for its personnel due to a shooting in front of one of its entrances where there is a bus and subway stop. This was reported in a tweet by the Pentagon Protection Force Agency.
The same announcement that pointed out that there was an “incident” in the transit center of the headquarters of the US Department of Defense The event occurred at a point, where one of the main accesses to the federal military compound is located.
Was it a massacre?
Quoted by CNN, Pentagon Protection Force Agency spokesman Chris Layman noted that the area was not yet safe and called on citizens to avoid the area. The shooting at the Pentagon on Tuesday left several victims.
The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense caused “several victims,” an official source reported, without clarifying whether they were killed or injured. The head of the Pentagon’s Protection Force Agency, Woodrow Kusse, indicated in a press conference that the incident occurred around 10:37.
“Shots were exchanged and there were several victims”
“A Pentagon officer was attacked on the Metrobus platform, shots were exchanged and there were several victims,” said the officer, without making it clear whether they were killed or injured, Efe points out. However, CNN indicated, citing three official sources, that a police officer died as a result of the shooting.
Kusse refrained from confirming the aggressor’s status, after reports that he had died, and did not clarify whether the incident posed a threat to the security of the complex. According to Kusse, there is an “ongoing investigation.”
“The situation has been resolved, but the investigation must continue”
He promised to provide more “details” later, by ensuring that the information available to him is “preliminary.” “The situation has been resolved, but the investigation must continue,” added the officer, who said he did not know the reason for the incident.
This event recalled two incidents that occurred in 2010, one of which in March of that year involved a 36-year-old man, John Patrick Bedell. Months later, in October, the Pentagon was shot at, hitting two windows in a part of the building that was being rebuilt and remained unoccupied.