U.S. Capitol police officers are standing near a car that crashed into a bulkhead on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Friday, April 2, 2021.
AP Photo | J. Scott Applewhite
The U.S. Capitol was attacked on Friday, killing one police officer after an individual crashed his car into two police officers at a checkpoint.
The attacker and the American police officer of the Capitol died, the representative of the police announced at the press conference.
U.S. Capitol police later identified a police officer who died as William ‘Billy’ Evans, a member of the USCP for 18 years.
Sources for NBC News identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green of Indiana. His Facebook page says he is a follower of Islam and recently lost his job and expressed discouragement, NBC reported.
A Capitol police spokesman said the event did not “appear to be linked to terrorism” at the moment, but noted that further investigation would be needed.
Capitol police said in a statement shortly after 2:40 p.m. that the threat had been “neutralized” and lifted the blockade of the U.S. Capitol shortly after 3 p.m.
Capitol police confirmed that the driver jumped out of the car with a knife after the vehicle crashed into a barricade. The driver then threw himself at the officers, at which point the officers shot at the suspect.
According to Capitol police, another police officer was injured in the incident.
The incident happened at the access point of the North Barricade vehicle along Constitutional Avenue shortly after 1pm Eastern Time, Capitol police said. Congress did not sit when the event took place, but the presence of security at the Capitol has increased since the uprising that took place there on January 6.
President Joe Biden ordered White House flags fluttered at half-mast in honor of a Capitol officer who died, saying he and First Lady Jill Biden were “heartbroken” when they learned of the incident.
“We express our sincere condolences to the family of Officer Evans and to all who mourn his loss,” he said in a statement. “We know how difficult this time has been for the Capitol, all who work there and those who protect it. I receive constant briefings from my National Security Adviser and will receive further updates as the investigation progresses. I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol police, National Security forces guards for immediate response and others who responded quickly to this attack. “
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half staff in light of the death of a Capitol police officer, a spokeswoman for her office he said in a statement.
In another statement, Pelosi called Evans, a police officer who died, a “martyr for our democracy.”
“Members of Congress, Capitol staff and workers, and indeed all Americans are united in gratitude for the courage of the U.S. Capitol police,” she said. “Today, these heroes once again risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6. On behalf of the entire House, we are deeply grateful.”
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