The police officer has been identified as William F. "Billy" Evans

By Jeff Truesdell
April 02, 2021 03:09 PM
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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.

Officer William “Billy” Evans
Officer William “Billy” Evans
| Credit: U.S. Capitol Police

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.

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington
Credit: J Scott Applewhite/AP/Shutterstock
Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington
Scene near a barricade that was rammed by a car outside the U.S. Capitol on April 2
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Capitol Police officers stand guard after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington
Officers stand guard on Capitol Hill after a car rammed a barricade outside of the U.S. Capitol April 2.
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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.