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Burst of violence Pentagon locked down after shots fired and officer dies of stab wounds

Gunshots were also fired near the entrance to the Pentagon, resulting in multiple injuries

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Pentagon Force Protection Agency police respond to the scene of a shooting with multiple victims outside the Pentagon. Picture: Getty

Pentagon Force Protection Agency police respond to the scene of a shooting with multiple victims outside the Pentagon. Picture: Getty

Pentagon Force Protection Agency police respond to the scene of a shooting with multiple victims outside the Pentagon. Picture: Getty

A Pentagon officer has died after being stabbed during a burst of violence at a public transport station outside the US military headquarters this morning.

Gunshots were also fired near the entrance to the Pentagon, resulting in multiple injuries. The facility was locked down for around an hour.

The Arlington County Fire Department reported “multiple patients,” but it wasn't immediately clear if they had been shot and the extent of their injuries were unknown.

A police officer was among those injured, according to two law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

The incident occurred on a Metro bus platform that is part of the Pentagon Transit Center, the Pentagon Protection Force Protection Agency tweeted. The facility is just steps from the Pentagon building, which is in Arlington County, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

A reporter near the building heard multiple gunshots, then a pause, then at least one additional shot.

Another journalist heard police yelling “shooter.”

A Pentagon announcement said the facility was on lockdown due to “police activity.” The agency responsible for security at the building, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, tweeted shortly before noon that the scene of the incident was secure. The lockdown was lifted except for the area around the crime scene.

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Ge. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were at the White House meeting with President Joe Biden, at the time of the shooting.

In 2010, two officers with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency were wounded when a gunman approached them at a security screening area. The officers, who survived, returned fire, fatally wounding the gunman, identified as John Patrick Bedell.

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