WASHINGTON – A suspect plowed into two police officers before crashing into a barrier at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
Police say the suspect, 25-year-old Noah Green, of Indiana, then exited his vehicle with a knife and lunged at officers when he was shot dead.
One of the injured police officers also died from his injuries. He was identified as Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans.
“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 Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman. “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.”
Live video aired on ‘Fox News Now’ showed a lifeless man being taken to an ambulance on a stretcher. It was not confirmed if this person was the attacker.
According to Green’s Facebook page, he was a follower of the radical group the Nation of Islam.
“Peace, friends, family, enemies, and the like,” Green wrote on Facebook in March. “To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher. I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.”
At a press conference, police said the incident does “not appear to be terror related.”
There was no immediate statement from the White House. President Biden and the First Lady are spending the Easter weekend at Camp David.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is taking over the investigation.
President Joe Biden issued this statement:
“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life. We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”
“I have been receiving ongoing briefings from my Homeland Security Advisor, and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds.”
“I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-mast.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement:
“Today, America’s heart has been broken by the tragic and heroic death of one of our Capitol Police heroes: Officer William Evans. He is a martyr for our democracy.
“Members of Congress, staff and Capitol workers, and indeed all Americans are united in appreciation for the courage of the U.S. Capitol Police. Today, once again, these heroes 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 profoundly grateful.
“Congress stands ready to assist law enforcement with a swift and comprehensive investigation into this heinous attack.
“May we always remember the heroism of those who have given their lives to defend our Democracy. May it be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans that so many mourn with them and pray for them at this sad time.”
After announcing death of Capitol officer, acting chief asks that "the public continue to keep the U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers. This has been an extremely difficult time…after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today." pic.twitter.com/FyF801SJWU
— ABC News (@ABC) April 2, 2021
Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol. We are still learning what’s taken place. Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) April 2, 2021
– Suspect rams barricade, striking 2 officers
– Suspect exited car with knife
– Suspect shot dead
– 1 officer succumbed to injures
– Police say incident does "not appear to be terror related"
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 2, 2021
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) April 2, 2021
Identities were not revealed and a motive for the attack remains unknown.