PRESIDENT Joe Biden said he is “heartbroken” over the death of Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans, who was killed in a violent incident at a security checkpoint in Washington D.C. early Friday afternoon.
“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the US Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the US Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life,” Biden said.
President Biden said he was “heartbroken” over the killing of a Capitol police officer[/caption]
Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans was killed when a man drove his car into him and threatened him with a knife on Friday[/caption]
“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss,” the president continued. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”
Biden also ordered the White House flags be lowered to half-mast in honor of Evans.
She similarly released her own statement on Evans, praising the work Capitol police officers did today and on January 6.
“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.”
The suspect has been identified by multiple media outlets as Noah Green, 25[/caption]
The suspect died a short time later after being shot by officers[/caption]
Capitol police said a car rammed into two cops and both officers were rushed to hospital[/caption]
“Officer William Evans made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the Capitol and those who work there on behalf of the American people.”
Evans was a Capitol police officer who was killed after a suspect rammed his car into a barrier and confronted Evans and another officer with a knife before being shot dead.
The Capitol was placed on lockdown after the carnage erupted shortly after 1pm on Friday afternoon when the knifeman plowed his blue sedan into the two officers, who were on duty at the security checkpoint.
Capitol Police confirmed one officer and the suspect – identified as Noah Green, 25, by Fox and NBC News – died while a second police officer was rushed to the hospital, where their condition is currently unknown.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
All Capitol buildings were locked down ‘due to an external threat’[/caption]
Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington[/caption]
According to a Facebook page that appeared to be the suspect’s, Green was a “Follower of Farrakhan” – referring to Louis Farrakhan, the leader of Nation of Islam.
Before the page was removed after the attack at the Capitol, Green’s posts indicted he was facing difficult times.
He wrote on March 17: “I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence.
“It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly).
“However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things. Throughout life I have set goals, attained them, set higher ones, and then been required to sacrifice those things.”
Green signed the message “Brother Noah X.”
Cops said all Capitol buildings were locked down “due to an external security threat” after the suspect rammed a barricade on Constitution Avenue before getting out of the car with what appeared to be a knife.
Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the suspect was shot by officers and rushed to hospital in a critical condition, where he died a short time later.
TV footage showed a blue sedan crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto stretchers and into ambulances.
Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman confirmed that the suspect was not on police file[/caption]
The suspect was shot as they got out of the car after ramming into two police officers[/caption]
The US Capitol lockdown was lifted just after 3pm local time, after over an hour of restrictions.
“Currently, approximately 2,300 National Guard members are in DC supporting local, state, and federal authorities in DC.”
Metropolitan Police told The Sun that they were at the scene assisting.
Police officers gather near the car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill[/caption]
The National Guard were at the US Capitol[/caption]
“I’m heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family. I’m praying for the officer injured and his family. We’re in their debt.
“We thank the Capitol Police, National Guard, & first responders for all they do to protect the Capitol and those inside.”
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy also wrote: “Please join me in prayer for the two Capitol Police officers and their families.
“They reacted quickly and bravely, as did all the other first responders at the scene. The whole country is pulling for them right now.”
Multiple cop cars could be seen at the Capitol[/caption]
US National Guard troops patrol streets surrounding the Capitol[/caption]
Trrops could be seen standing guard[/caption]
“We are still learning what’s taken place. Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene.”
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