Evans’ dying was dominated a murder, in accordance with a press release from the medical examiner’s workplace.
An 18-year veteran of the force, Evans died whereas defending the Capitol from a person who brandished a knife after ramming his automobile right into a police barricade alongside the perimeter of the Capitol. Another officer was injured within the assault.
DC Police mentioned Noah Green
, 25, rammed a blue sedan into Evans and one other officer, who was injured, final Friday shortly earlier than 1 p.m. After crashing right into a safety gate, police say, Green received out of the car with a big knife and a 3rd officer shot him when he lunged on the officer. Green later died at a hospital.
Pelosi referred to as Evans “a martyr for our democracy” in a press release, including that his dying was “tragic and heroic.”
That sentiment was echoed by President Joe Biden and lawmakers on either side of the aisle who supplied their condolences to Evans’ household.
“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,” Biden mentioned in a statement
“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,” he added.
Only 4 Capitol Police officers had been killed within the line of responsibility previous to this 12 months, in accordance with its knowledge, however the division is now mourning the loss of one of its personal for the second time in nearly as many months.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick
died a day after the Capitol riot on January 6 “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” the Capitol Police mentioned in a earlier assertion. Two different officers died by suicide after responding to the riot, one from the Capitol Police and one other from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department.
It stays to be seen how the latest assault would possibly impression longer-term plans concerning safety on the Capitol, a subject that has come beneath growing scrutiny as many lawmakers and workers hoped to reclaim some sense of normalcy regardless of ongoing congressional investigations
into the failures across the January 6 assault.
Barbed wire fencing
that surrounded the Capitol advanced for months after pro-Trump rioters stormed the constructing has since come down and 1000’s of the National Guard troops who had been deployed in response to the rebellion have returned residence, although 1000’s stay in Washington and had been seen responding to final Friday’s assault.
This story has been up to date with extra info Thursday.
NCS’s Zachary Cohen, Lauren Fox, Jessica Dean and David Shortell contributed to this report.