“Heartbroken”: President Biden reacts to U.S. Capitol attack that left police officer William ‘Billy’ Evans dead

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has reacted to the attack on U.S. Capitol on Friday that left police officer William ‘Billy’ Evans dead and another injured, saying he and First Lady Jill Biden were “heartbroken.”

Members of the New Jersey National Guard’s A Troop and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Division, perform a roving patrol with Capitol Police at the U.S. Capitol just hours after a vehicle rammed a police barricade killing one Capitol Police officer and sending another to the hospital. The National Guard responded by activating an immediate response force to aid the Capitol Police. (Photo by SFC Whitney Hughes) 
Members of the New Jersey National Guard’s A Troop and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Division, perform a roving patrol with Capitol Police at the U.S. Capitol just hours after a vehicle rammed a police barricade killing one Capitol Police officer and sending another to the hospital. The National Guard responded by activating an immediate response force to aid the Capitol Police. (Photo by SFC Whitney Hughes)

“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,” President Biden said 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.”

President Biden added: “I have been receiving ongoing briefings from my Homeland Security Advisor, and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds. 

“I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-mast.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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