Washington (AP) — U.S. officials say the man who thrust a car into two police officers in a barricade outside the US Capitol and killed one before being shot dead by police was suffering from delusions, delusions, and suicidal ideation. Said. Associated Press. Investigators believe it was an isolated case from a young man who was disturbed.
A video of the attack on Friday afternoon shows that he is emerging from a crashed car with a knife in his hand and is starting to run in a pair of police officers, Parliamentary Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. .. Police shot dead 25-year-old Noah Green, a suspect who died in the hospital.
Investigators are working to identify the motives for the attack, so they are increasingly focusing on Green’s mental health, officials not allowed to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. He said he spoke to AP on Saturday, subject to anonymity. Officials said the investigator had spoken to Green’s family, who spoke of his increasingly delusional ideas.
In an online post since it was deleted, Green said he was under the ideological control of the government and was being monitored. He described himself as a follower of the Islamic state and its longtime leader, Louis Farrakhan, and said he had a difficult time when he relied on faith. Some messages were captured by the group SITE, which tracks online activity.
“Honestly, the last few years have been tough, and the last few months have been even harder,” he wrote in late March. “I’ve been tested on some of the biggest and unimaginable tests of my life. I’m currently unemployed after quitting my job due to pain, but eventually I’m looking for a spiritual journey. . “
This is the second line of duty for US Capitol police this year and is still struggling to recover from the January 6 riots. The attack emphasized that buildings and campuses, and the police responsible for protecting them, remain potential targets of violence.
Authorities installed a huge fence around the Capitol, restricting traffic for several months along the road closest to the building, but began withdrawing some of the emergency measures. And recent incidents can delay the gradual reopening of building grounds to the general public.
“I just ask the people to keep the US Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said. Very difficult time What happened today for the US Capitol police after the January 6th event and now here.
Police identified the murdered police officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responder unit.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Evans as “our democratic martyr,” and Senator Chuck Schumer described him as “painful.” Pelosi and Schumer spoke with Evans’ family on Friday.
In a statement, President Joe Biden expressed his condolences to Evans’ family, saying that he and his wife were heartbroken to learn of the attack. He instructed the White House flag to be half-masted.
In 2013, Capitol Police and Secret Service police shot a woman deadly in her car after guiding her in a fast chase that began outside the White House. Miriam Carrie’s family said she was suffering from postpartum depression with mental illness, but it was not dangerous.
The crash and shootings on Friday occurred at a security checkpoint near the Capitol, which is commonly used by senators and staff on weekdays, but most were away from the building for current breaks. The attack occurred about 100 yards (meters) from the entrance to the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.
Washington area is still on the edge Approximately three months after a flock of faithful rebels President Donald Trump The building was attacked when Congress was voting to prove the victory of President Biden.
The riots on January 6 killed five people, including the Capitol police. Officer Brian Chic Nick, Was in a very large number of troops trying to repel intruders. It took several hours for the National Guard to arrive. This delay caused months of pointing among the major decision makers of the day.
According to the board union, the attack injured about 140 Capitol police officers. These include police officers who have not issued helmets with head injuries and police officers with cracked ribs. After the attack on January 6, two police officers, one from the Houses of Parliament and the other from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, committed suicide.
Shortly thereafter, Parliamentary police and National Guard were asked to secure the Capitol. Biden’s inauguration ceremony And in early March, he faced another potential threat associated with a conspiracy theory that Trump falsely claimed to be president.
The area was closed for hours on Friday, but then reopened, with National Guard standing outside the building on Saturday.
The merchant reported from Houston. Associated Press news researchers Randy Hellshaft and Ronda Schaffner of New York, Associated Press writers Colleen Long, Mary Claire Jaronic, Lisa Mascaro, Mark Sharman, and Lolita C. Bardor Contributed to the report.