Updated Aug 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Law enforcement confirms officer was killed in Metro station attack at Pentagon

Law enforcement officers patrolling the Pentagon's transit station on August 3, 2021.
Law enforcement officers patrolling the Pentagon's transit station on August 3. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Pentagon Force Protection Agency Chief Woodrow Kusse said an officer was attacked at a transit station outside the Pentagon on Tuesday morning, gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and law enforcement and multiple people were injured.

The latest: "PFPAOficial mourns the tragic loss of a Pentagon Officer killed during this morning's incident at the Pentagon," the Pentagon Force Protection Agency tweeted Tuesday evening. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Officer's family.

  • The Pentagon Transit Center was closed again Tuesday evening after an earlier lockdown.

The big picture: The headquarters of the U.S. military went under temporary lockdown after multiple shots were fired. The area reopened after being secured, though the station remains closed, according to the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

What they're saying: Kusse at a press conference Tuesday afternoon said the officer was attacked at about 10:35 a.m. ET on a Metro bus platform.

  • He added the FBI is leading an investigation into the attack and did not disclose the number of people injured but cited "several casualties."
  • "The Pentagon and the Pentagon reservation are safe and secure," he said, noting there is no active search for a suspect.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with details throughout including the death of an identified Pentagon police officer.

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