A man rammed his car into two Capitol Police officers in Washington D.C. on Friday afternoon before hitting the north barricade of the Capitol not very far from where pro-Trump domestic terrorists rioted on January 6. The Capitol was placed on lockdown.
One Police officer William ‘Billy’ Evans died, another has been injured and taken to the hospital, the Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said. The suspect, Noah Green, 25, has died.
Speaking at a news conference, officer Pittman said the suspect, after ramming his car into cops, jumped out of the vehicle brandishing a knife and stabbed at least one of the officers.
Officers responded by shooting at the suspect, killing him. The Incident happened on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Delaware at around 1 p.m. on Friday.
“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 Yogananda Pittman tweeted on Friday. “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.”
The Police said they did not believe the incident was terror-related or that there was an ongoing threat.
“CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital,” the Capitol Police tweeted before the suspect was pronounced dead.
The attack happened when fences around the U.S. Capitol have just started being lowered since the January 6 attack.
It was too soon to draw any conclusions, but the incident has raised serious concerns about security at the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
The FBI said it is investigating the incident.
This is a breaking news that will be updated by Today News Africa.