A Capitol Police officer was killed and another wounded in a crash earlier this afternoon at the US Capitol. The unidentified suspect crashed his vehicle into a police barricade. After ramming his vehicle into the barricade, the suspect brandished a knife to attack officers and was shot and killed. “It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” said the department’s acting chief Yogananda Pittman. The officer was identified as Officer Billy Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force and a member of the First Responders Unit.
“Just after 1 p.m., a man in a blue sedan rammed his vehicle into the North Barricade at the US Capitol, striking 2 USCP officers. The Department immediately locked down the Capitol Campus. The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers. At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect.” -Statement from US Capitol Police
Today’s tragedy is another reminder that the historic building and the area surrounding are still targets of potential attacks. The barbed wire fencing that was erected after the January 5 insurrection at the capitol was removed shortly after the Inauguration. There remain some National Guard troops on the Capitol Grounds.
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Noah Green. No further details were released, and the investigation is ongoing.
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