Washington, DC – One of the police officers who was wounded at the Pentagon Metro station on Tuesday morning has died.
The Associated Press reported that a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) official had confirmed that a Pentagon police officer who was stabbed during the incident had succumbed to his wounds at George Washington University Hospital.
The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 3 on the Metro bus platform outside the Pentagon Metro station, just steps away from the U.S. military headquarters complex.
Multiple people were wounded when a gunman opened fire, WTTG reported.
A police officer returned fire, but then one of the gunmen fled and now a manhunt is underway.
A Pentagon Force Protection Agency official told Politico that the gunman had been shot by a Pentagon police officer and never got inside the Pentagon building.
A least one suspect in the incident died at the scene and the other remained on the lam, WTTG reported.
The entire Pentagon complex went into lockdown for about two hours before police determined the other suspect had likely fled on a Metro train bound for Maryland.
WTTG reported that three people, including the police officer, had been wounded but said it wasn’t clear if they had all been shot or had sustained other injuries.
The identity of the fallen hero has not yet been released.
Pentagon police said another officer had also been injured at the scene and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, WTTG reported.
Police also have not identified any of the other victims, nor said what medical condition they’re in, but the Arlington County Fire Department confirmed that multiple victims had needed assistance at the scene, WRC reported.
Witness Dave Statter said he heard at least a dozen gunshots during the chaos.
Statter said he saw CPR being performed on two people afterwards, WRC reported.
An Associated Press reporter near the building reported having heard multiple gunshots, then a pause, then at least one additional shot.
Another Associated Press reporter said she could hear police officers yelling “shooter.”
Pentagon Force Protection Agency Chief Woodrow Kusse did not provide details, but news stations broadcast a police caravan from the hospital to the DC Medical Examiner’s Office.
#JUST NOW by Independence & 4th NW – the police procession passes by with officers saluting a fallen law enforcement member as the ME van passes by. I’m told this is for the Pentagon officer who died after this morning’s shooting. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/eXrVBXnnmy
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) August 3, 2021
Pentagon Force Protection Agency Chief of Pentagon Police Woodrow Kusse: "This morning at about 10:37am a Pentagon police officer was attacked on the metro bus platform. Gunfire was exchanged and there were several casualties. The incident is over. The scene is secure…" pic.twitter.com/IWNPqyxJe1
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 3, 2021
Officials who were not authorized to speak to the press confirmed to the Associated Press that one of the officers had been stabbed to death.
The connection between the shooting and the stabbing has not yet been explained by police officials.
Praying for the family and colleagues of the police officer who lost his life today near the Pentagon, and for the safety of the surrounding community.
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) August 3, 2021
This Metrobus is surrounded by police tape at the scene of where this morning’s shooting happened in the bus bay area just outside the Pentagon. pic.twitter.com/rSLtcp2foa
— Tom Roussey (@tomroussey7news) August 3, 2021
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