U.S. Capitol Officer Killed After Driver Rammed Car into Barricade ID'd as 18-Year Veteran of Force
The police officer has been identified as William F. "Billy" Evans
A U.S. Capitol Police officer died Friday from injuries after a driver rammed a barricade outside of the U.S. Capitol and then exited the vehicle brandishing a knife before being fatally shot, the U.S. Capitol police announced on Twitter.
Two police officers were involved in the incident; one died and one was injured, police said. At least one of the officers was stabbed, a law enforcement official told CNN, though it was not immediately clear how the officer died.
At a briefing, police said the attack did not appear to be terrorism-related and the suspect was not on the radar of Capitol Police, according to the outlet.
The police officer has been identified by Capitol Police as William F. "Billy" Evans.
In a statement, the U.S. Capitol police said, "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. Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division's First Responder's Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
The suspect has been identified in multiple reports citing law enforcement officials as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana.
Heightened security and fencing still surrounds the Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, when hundreds of people who'd attended a rally called by former President Donald Trump stormed the building as Congress worked to certify the election of President Biden.
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The FBI's Washington field office responded to assist the Capitol Police, the bureau said in a statement, reports the Post.
About two dozen National Guardsmen, wearing helmets and body armor and carrying plastic shields, also arrived on the scene about 2 p.m. and formed a line across Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of the incident, according to the newspaper.
According to the Post, an alert went out to Capitol staff after the incident advising: "Due to an external security threat ... no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover."
According to the outlet, the city's Metropolitan Police said the incident appeared to be contained with no ongoing threat.