“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."
Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief on the death of a Capitol Police Officer after a vehicle attack at security checkpoint.
- According to the U.S. Capitol Police, the incident took place shortly after 1pm on Friday afternoon. The suspect drove a car to a Capitol checkpoint barrier, ramming it into two officers, before lunging at them with a knife. The suspect was shot and both officers were injured. All three were taken to the hospital, where the suspect and Officer Evans died. A second officer is in the hospital.
- The suspect: 25-year-old Noah Geren: “Green described himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam and its founder, Louis Farrakhan, and spoke of going through a difficult time where he leaned on his faith, according to recent messages posted online that have since been taken down.” (Associated Press)
- Thanks to efforts of the officers, the suspect was unable to breach the barriers. Due to the holiday, there were very few lawmakers or staff present at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
- An investigation is ongoing. D.C. Police have not identified a motive.
- In the weeks following the January 6 riots, security measures at the U.S. Capitol were ramped up, though the temporary perimeter fencing surrounding the Capitol was scaled back in recent weeks.
- Officers Evans was an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police. His death marks the second line-of-duty death in less than three months, following the death of Officer Brian Sicknick during the January 6 riots at the Capitol.