A Pentagon police officer was killed in a “shooting event” outside the Defense Department headquarters Tuesday morning, a defense official confirmed to Fox News.
The Associated Press reported that the officer was stabbed by the suspect, who was shot and killed at the scene by law enforcement. The connection between the shooting and the stabbing of the officer was not immediately clear. The police officer has not yet been identified.
The building went into lockdown on Tuesday morning after a shooting occurred near a platform by the facility’s Pentagon Metro station. According to the police, all of the entrances to the Pentagon have now been secured.
The Arlington Fire Department had confirmed to Fox News that there were multiple people down at the site of the shooting, but wouldn’t comment on their conditions as the scene was still active at the time.
Department of Defense employees received an electronic warning on their computers and an overhead announcement was given for all Pentagon personnel to stay inside due to the police activity and to not venture outside.
The D.C. Metro Twitter account confirmed the police presence at the Pentagon, saying trains would be “temporarily bypassing” the Pentagon stop.