Capitol Police Officer William Evans, who died Friday following a confrontation with a motorist who rammed a barricade and lunged at authorities with a knife, was an 18-year veteran of the Washington division, officers mentioned.
“He started his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit,” Performing U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman mentioned in an announcement about Evans, who was often called Billy.
Capitol Police mentioned in a separate statement it was “devastated” by the loss of life. The division had nonetheless been recovering from the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol, which claimed the lifetime of Officer Brian Sicknick, 42. One other died by suicide after the riot, as did an officer with the Metropolitan Police Division.
Particulars surrounding Evans’ loss of life weren’t instantly identified, however officers indicated he was one in every of two officers struck when the blue Nissan Sentra pushed by the suspect collided with a barricade. Legislation enforcement sources alleged the person received out of the automobile and ran towards regulation enforcers with a knife. The second officer is in secure situation and anticipated to outlive, Capitol Police mentioned on Twitter.
“There’s nonetheless a lot to be decided about this assault and DHS gives its full assist to Capitol Police and DC Mayor [Muriel] Bowser,” Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorka mentioned in an announcement.
The suspect, recognized by a number of regulation enforcement sources as Noah Inexperienced, 25, of Indiana, was fatally shot by responding officers, officers mentioned.
Each officers hit by the automotive have been instantly hospitalized.
On Friday afternoon President Joe Biden mentioned in an announcement that he needed to specific “the nation’s gratitude” to the Capitol police.
“Jill and I have been heartbroken to study of the violent assault at a safety checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer combating for his life,” the president mentioned.
“We ship our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ household, and everybody grieving his loss.” he mentioned.
Biden ordered the USA flag on the White Home, public federal buildings and navy websites to be flown at half-staff by way of Tuesday in honor of Evans.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., mentioned in an announcement, “At present, America’s coronary heart has been damaged by the tragic and heroic loss of life of one in every of our Capitol Police heroes: Officer William Evans. He’s a martyr for our democracy.”
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., mentioned in an announcement, “As soon as once more, courageous officers of the USA Capitol Police have been violently attacked whereas merely doing their job.”
“I’m heartbroken that Officer William F. Evans was killed within the line of responsibility defending the Capitol,” he mentioned.