Several injured after Pentagon officer killed near Metro bus platform

The Pentagon was on lockdown Tuesday morning after a report of gunshots near the Metro station nearby. An official Pentagon announcement said the facility was on lockdown due to “police activity.”

Police block off an entrance to the Pentagon following reports of multiple gun shots fired on a bus platform near the facility’s Metro station Tuesday, Aug, 3 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

AP/Kevin Wolf

Multiple people were seen on the ground near a Metrobus being treated by first responders. (Courtesy Dave Statter/Statter911)
Multiple people were seen on the ground near a Metrobus being treated by first responders.

Courtesy Dave Statter/Statter911

Pentagon police officers walk near the facility’s Metro station, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station. Two people familiar with the shooting, which occurred on a Metro bus platform at the Pentagon, said at least one person was down. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information publicly. (AP Photos/Sagar Meghani)
Pentagon police officers walk near the facility’s Metro station, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station. Two people familiar with the shooting, which occurred on a Metro bus platform at the Pentagon, said at least one person was down. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information publicly. (AP Photos/Sagar Meghani)

AP/Sagar Meghani

A Pentagon police officer was attacked and killed on a Metro bus station platform, gunfire was exchanged and several people were injured in an outburst of violence near the Pentagon Tuesday morning, authorities said.


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The Pentagon police force has confirmed that a Pentagon police officer was killed during the attack.

“This fallen officer died in the line of duty, helping protect the tens of thousands of people who work in — and who visit — the Pentagon on a daily basis. He and his fellow officers are members of the Pentagon family, and known to us all as professional, skilled and brave,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III said in a statement.

In a brief Pentagon news conference earlier Tuesday afternoon, Woodrow Kusse, chief of the Pentagon police force, said the scene was secure and there was no continuing threat to the public. At the time, Kusse did not confirm any other details of the incident and the chaotic scene that unfolded shortly before 10:40 a.m., despite being pressed several times by reporters.

Shortly before the news conference, The Associated Press reported that an officer had died after being stabbed and that a suspect had been shot and killed by police.

“I’m not confirming or denying those particular reports right now. The investigation is ongoing,” Kusse said during the news conference, in response to a barrage of repeated questions from reporters about the incident.

Even though Kusse did not confirm one of his officers had died, condolences began appearing on social media. Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner tweeted, “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.”

After the Pentagon police force confirmed the officer’s death, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay offered his condolences in a tweet and said that county flags will fly at half-staff Wednesday. Fairfax County police has also been ordered to wear formal mourning bands on their badges to honor the slain officer.

The flags on the Pentagon Reserve will also fly at half-staff, Austin said.

The Pentagon news conference was notable for its lack of detail. Kusse also did not confirm a suspect had been killed or was in custody. He replied, “I can’t get into those details.”

In response to a follow-up question about a potential suspect being on the run, he said, “We are not looking for another suspect at this time.” He said a number of people fled the scene of the violence, which apparently led to “erroneous reports.”

Kusse would also not provide any details about how many people were wounded or the extent of their injuries.

The FBI is investigating the incident, said Kusse, who added that it was premature to discuss the motivation.

The incident Tuesday near the Pentagon Transit Center unfolded at 10:37 a.m. and led to a lockdown at the Pentagon that has since lifted, spurring a large police response.

In response to a question from WTOP’s J.J. Green, Kusse said he learned of the incident when a call came in on the police radio.

The lockdown lasted about an hour and a half. The nearby Pentagon Metro station entrance remains closed.

The Arlington County Fire and EMS Department said they encountered multiple patients at the scene, but did not provide further information on their condition, other than to say all the victims had been taken to the hospital.

Safety advocate Dave Statter, a former reporter who runs the Statter911 blog and Twitter account, said he heard up to a dozen gunshots at about 10:38 a.m.

From his high-rise in Arlington with a view of the Pentagon, he said he saw Pentagon Force Protection Agency officers “converging” on the Pentagon Transit Center.

Statter captured video showing what appeared to be two people on the ground near a Metrobus being treated by first responders.

An Associated Press reporter near the building heard multiple gunshots, the AP reported. Another AP journalist heard police yelling “shooter.”

Metro, transportation impact

The incident spurred a series of Metro delays Tuesday that rippled across the system for hours.

Service at the Pentagon Metro station was suspended Tuesday and Blue and Yellow line trains traveled through Pentagon station without stopping. Metro said Tuesday night that the Pentagon Station is expected to remain closed all day Wednesday, and Yellow and Blue line trains will bypass the station.

At the Pentagon, the Metro entrance to the building is closed. Both Corridors 2 and 3 entrances will be open for visitor and tenant access, and Corridors 5, 8, and River and Mall entrances will be open for tenant access, as normal, the Pentagon police force said in an update Tuesday afternoon.

The Pentagon Transit Center is closed until further notice. Public transit buses will operate at Pentagon City until further notice. OmniRide Express buses will operate a modified emergency service plan and will stop at Pentagon City at westbound Army Navy Drive and S. Fern Street.

The Army shuttle to Pentagon City will begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday and is dropping off and picking up from Corridor 3 and then from westbound 12th Street at S. Hayes Street in Pentagon City. It will run every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.; every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and every 15 minutes from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.

The 7M bus has relocated to southbound S. Hayes Street at 12th Street and is running its regular schedule. Route 14 (Pentagon Rosslyn) and Suffolk Express are suspended Wednesday.

It is recommended that Metro riders use Pentagon City as an alternative. Metrobus service that normally runs to the Pentagon Transit Center is also being detoured to Pentagon City.

WTOP’s Acacia James, J.J Green, Megan Cloherty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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