An officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during a burst of violence at a transit station outside the Pentagon, and a suspect in the incident was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, officials told the Associated Press.
The Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. military, was temporarily placed on lockdown after gunshots were fired Tuesday morning near the entrance of the building.
Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which is responsible for security at the building, said at 11 a.m. the Pentagon was on lockdown “due to an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center,” which is just steps away from the Pentagon building. About an hour later, the agency tweeted the Pentagon lifted its lockdown and reopened.
A Pentagon police officer who was stabbed later died, according to officials who were not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
More details about the violence were expected at a Pentagon news conference Tuesday afternoon. 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 Arlington County Fire Department reported “multiple patients,” but it wasn’t immediately clear if they had been shot and the extent of their injuries were unknown.
An Associated Press reporter near the building heard several gunshots, then a pause, then at least one additional shot. Another AP journalist heard police yell “shooter.”
The PFPA said on Twitter the scene of the incident in Arlington, Virginia, was secure but is still “an active crime scene,” and people should “stay away from the Metro rail entrance and bus platform area.” Transportation at the Pentagon was being diverted to the Pentagon City subway station, the agency said.
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 when the incident occurred.
A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment in an email to USA TODAY.
Contributing: The Associated Press