Officer killed in attack near US Capitol


"Just after 1pm, a man in a blue sedan rammed his vehicle into the North Barricade at the U.S. Capitol, striking 2 USCP officers". At least one officer, drew their weapon and shot the suspect. One of them, Officer William "Billy" Evans, later died from his injuries.

"The question now is, what's the condition of the Capitol Police officers who were injured when the man - we're told it was a white male that was driving the auto - when the man got out of the vehicle and attacked the police officers with a knife", Williams told MSNBC anchor Katy Tur.

The 25-year-old Noah Green, who rammed his auto into the North Barricade on Friday, killing one Capitol Police officer and wounding another, reportedly called himself a Nation of Islam follower.

Police identified the slain officer as William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department's first responders unit.

Green got out of the vehicle, wielding a knife, and lunged at officers before being fatally shot. No motive is known at this time.

On January 7, hundreds of supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol complex as members of the Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential elections, which Biden won.

A message was sent out to congressional staff, as officials warned of "an external security threat", according to CBS News and NBC News.

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Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday.

Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told the news agency that the incident did not seem to be terrorism-related, but investigation into it would continue. "Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones".

Gov. Jim Justice, following a request from Joe Biden, issued a proclamation to fly all us and state flags on state property at half-staff through Tuesday evening.

Reports have also emerged identifying him as a follower of Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, who has been described as an anti-Semite by anti-hate organization ADL.

The barricade where the incident occurred is a checkpoint on the Senate side of the Capitol. The attack underscored that the building and campus - and the officers charged with protecting them - remain potential targets for violence.

Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation in March to prevent federal funding from being used for permanent fencing around the Capitol. "The fence is a disturbance, it's an eyesore, it sucks". Other congressional staff, as well as reporters and police, were in their offices.