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Jack Patrick Bedell Pentagon shooting suspect dead

The suspect involved in a shooting that injured two police officers outside the Pentagon office has died, an official said Friday.

Jack Patrick Bedell's death was confirmed by the medical examiner's office, hours after the assault at the subway entrance to the Pentagon Thursday evening, Xinhua reported.

Pentagon police chief Richard Keevill said the suspect showed no emotion or distress as he approached two police officers around 6.40 p.m.

The person "looked very cool" and didn't speak a word, Keevill said.

When officers asked for ID, Bedell pulled out a gun and shot them. The officers sustained injuries but their conditions are stable.

The officers returned fired with semi-automatic weapons and critically injured 36-year-old Bedell, who was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Authorities said it was not a terrorism act.

The law enforcement department was investigating a second man, who may be an accomplice of Bedell.

Just after the shooting, the Pentagon was locked down, with all entrances closed. But only the subway entrance was reopened later.

The Pentagon is a huge office complex in Arlington County, Virginia, just outside Washington D.C. The building houses US Defence Department.

The subway station, where the shooting occurred, is adjacent to the Pentagon.

After the 9/11 attack, subway passengers can no longer enter the building directly.

An escalator takes them from the underground station to the ground, where they must go through a security check outside the building.


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