A Pentagon police officer died after being stabbed during a burst of violence at a transit center outside the building, and a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, the Pentagon said.
The officer opened fire on the assailant after the attack began outside the Pentagon metro entrance. The assailant was shot dead by police, but it’s not yet clear which officer killed the assailant.
“I’m incredibly saddened to learn about the passing of a Pentagon police officer, who was killed earlier this morning in a senseless act of violence outside the Pentagon,” Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
“My heart goes out to the officer’s family and friends, as well as the entire Pentagon Police force,” said Warner, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.
However, the Fairfax County Police Department also expressed condolences for the death of a Pentagon police officer.
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. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Austin returned to the building and went to the Pentagon police operations center to speak to the officers there.
It was not immediately clear whether any additional security measures might be instituted in the area.
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.