U.S. CAPITOL POLICE MEMBER KILLED AS CAR RAMS BARRICADE
A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday (Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Manila) after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. It was the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still struggling to heal from the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Video shows the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Authorities shot the suspect, 25-year-old Noah Green, who died at a hospital, Michael Balsamo, Nomaan Merchant and Colleen Long reported for the Associated Press (AP.)
“I just ask that the public continue to keep US Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said. “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.”
Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.
In an official statement, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray said: “I am deeply saddened by today’s tragic events at the U.S. Capitol. On behalf of the FBI, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the brave officers who were attacked today while doing their jobs, protecting the Capitol and those who work there. The FBI stands ready to support our law enforcement partners in the investigation of this tragedy.”