An armed man walked up to an entrance to the Pentagon on Thursday evening, approached two police officers, calmly pulled a gun from his coat pocket and opened fire, wounding the officers before they shot and seriously wounded him. He later died of his wounds.
There was no immediate explanation for the attack at a doorway to the Defence Department headquarters, one of the busiest, most prominent and closely guarded buildings in the Washington area.
The wounds to the two officers did not appear serious. Richard Keevill, chief of the force that guards the Pentagon, described them as grazing wounds.
The officers, members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, fired their .40-caliber Glock pistols and wounded the man critically, Keevill said at a news conference about two hours after the shooting. A third officer apparently also shot at the suspect.
Police declined to identify the shooter, but two federal law enforcement sources identified him as John Patrick Bedell, 36.
The heavily-armed gunman appeared to have acted alone without any connection to terrorist groups, police said on Friday.
(With agencies input)
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