Washington (AP) — A Capitol police officer died and appeared with a knife after a man thrust a car into two police officers in a barricade outside the US Capitol. This year was the second line of duty for the department, which is still struggling to recover from the January 6 riots.
The video shows a crashed car driver appearing with a knife in his hand and starting to run in a pair of police officers, Capitol Police Deputy Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters Friday. Authorities shot dead a suspect who died in the hospital.
“I just ask the people to keep the US Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said. Very difficult time For the US Capitol Police, after the January 6th incident, and after the incident that happened here today. “
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.
Two law enforcement officers initially believed in the Associated Press that the suspect had stabbed one of the police officers, but the vehicle actually attacked the police officer with such force, and the knife actually He said it was unclear if he had contacted him. Authorities were not allowed to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Authorities said the Capitol was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure, but there were no ongoing threats. There was no apparent direct link between the Friday crash and the January 6 riots.
Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green. Investigators dig into his career and try to determine his motivation to see if he has a history of mental health. They also worked to get a warrant to access his online account.
Mr Pittman said the suspect did not appear to be on police radar. However, the attack emphasized that buildings and campuses, and the police responsible for protecting them, remain potential targets of violence.
Green describes himself as a follower of the Islamic state and its founder, Louis Farrakhan, and has experienced difficult times when he relied on faith, according to a recent message posted online that was subsequently withdrawn. He said he did. The message was 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 writes. “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. . “
President Joe Biden In a statement, he and his wife expressed their condolences to Evans’ family, stating that the attack was heartbreaking. He instructed the White House flag to be half-masted.
Crashes and shootings occurred on weekdays at a security checkpoint near the Capitol, which is commonly used by senators and staff, but most were away from the building for current breaks. The attack occurred approximately 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance to the Senate building of the Capitol. One witness, Rev. Patrick Mahony, said he was about to finish the Good Friday service nearby when he heard three bullets ringing.
Washington area is still on the edge Approximately three months after a flock of faithful rebels President Donald Trump When Congress was voting to prove Biden’s presidential victory, he attacked the Houses of Parliament.
The riots on January 6 killed five people, including the Capitol police. Officer Brian Chic Nick, Was one of the most numerous forces trying to repel intruders trying to overturn the elections. Authorities installed a high boundary fence Traffic was restricted around the Capitol and along the road closest to the building for several months, but they were beginning to withdraw some of the emergency measures. Fences blocking the passage of vehicles near the area have just been removed.
Evans was a member of the seventh Capitol Police Department, who died on duty in the history of the department, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks the deaths of law enforcement agencies. In addition, after the attack on January 6, two police officers committed suicide, one from the Houses of Parliament police and the other from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
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. It took several hours for the National Guard to arrive. This delay caused months of pointing among the major decision makers of the day.
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.
“Today again, these heroes endanger their lives to protect our House of Parliament and our country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6th. I’ve exposed it, “said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a statement. “On behalf of the whole house, we are deeply grateful.”
The US Capitol was closed for some time after the shooting on Friday, and personnel were told that they could not enter or leave the building. The video showed that guards were mobilizing near the crash area.
A video posted online showed a dark-colored sedan crashing into a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 dog inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement agencies and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.
The merchant reported from Houston. Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Mary Claire Jaronic, Lisa Mascaro, Mark Sharman, and Washington Lolita C. Bardor contributed to this report.