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Police officer dies outside Pentagon building after shooting.

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According to three law enforcement agencies, on Tuesday a police officer was shot and killed outside the Pentagon building. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency issued a statement soon after the accident.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency mourns the tragic loss of a Pentagon Police Officer killed during this morning’s incident at the Pentagon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Officer’s family. Additional info on the officer will be forthcoming, following full next of kin notification.

Pentagon Force Protection Agency

Exact details of the accident are not clear yet, but the attack seem to have occured in the afternoon, and the policeman was on a bus platform when he was attacked. It seems that the police officer was shot but soon afterwards a defense official said that the officer was stabbed. Police officers immediately responded and opened fire on the attacker. During the incident the Pentagon went into lockdown.According to Chief Woodrow Kusse there were several casualties, but so far we know only that a police officer died. He said that they are not looking for other suspects.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin offered condolences to the family of the officer and ordered to half-mast the flags flown.

On behalf of everyone working at the Pentagon, and across the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, loved ones and colleagues of the Pentagon Force Protection Officer who died as a result of injuries he received this morning. I have ordered to half-mast the flags flown on the Pentagon Reservation in honor of his loss.

Statement by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

The area of the incident is still an active area for investigators. More details to follow.

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