A police officer died after being stabbed several times in the neck outside the Pentagon on Aug. 3, officials said.
According to officials, the officer opened fire on the assailant after the attack on a metro bus platform at the Pentagon Transit Center near the Pentagon building in Arlington County, Virginia.
Police shot the assailant dead, but it was not yet clear which officer killed the assailant, NBC News reported.
Pentagon Force Protection Agency Chief Woodrow Kusse confirmed the attack in a press conference, but did not confirm the death of the officer.
“Gunfire was exchanged. There were several casualties. The incident is over. The scene is secure. Most importantly, there’s no continuing threat to our community,” Kusse said, without elaborating further, as quoted by ABC News.
“There were a number of people that fled and there were some erroneous reports,” Kusse also said.
Kusse said that he was not confirming or denying the reports of the death of an officer as the investigation was still ongoing.
“I don’t want to compromise the integrity of that process right now,” Kusse said.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Varner, however, said that he learned about the death of a Pentagon police officer, “who was killed earlier this morning in a senseless act of violence outside the Pentagon.”
Fairfax County Police also expressed their condolences for the death of a Pentagon police officer on Twitter.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is leading an investigation into the incident, in which the motive is still unknown.
“At this time, it would be premature to speculate on motive, and in order to protect the integrity of the investigation we cannot provide additional details at this time,” the FBI Washington Field Office said in a statement.
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