Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman claimed at a media conference that one of the two wounded US Capitol Police officers collapsed after being struck by a suspect who smashed their car into the north barricade of the Capitol complex this Friday afternoon. The suspect left the vehicle with a knife in hand. Police shot and killed the suspect at the scene, according to Pittman.
The perpetrator left the car with a knife in his possession. Seeing the suspect running away with a knife in his hand, police officers confronted him. When he did not respond, officers were ordered to open fire upon the suspect.
The Police Officer who died at the scene was identified as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year Capitol Police veteran. On March 7, 2003, he joined the USCP as a part of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. The Police force gave their condolences to his family on the death of William.
The other injured officer was taken to the hospital at once and has since recovered from his injuries.
The 25-years old suspect had links to Virginia and Indiana
Noah Green has been named as the suspect killed by Capitol Police, according to police sources. As per their report, investigators suspect Green, 25, had links to Virginia and Indiana.
Officials are actively inspecting posts on social media that are thought to be linked to Green and his attack. So far, no specific purpose of the crime has been identified.
The Capitol Police, D.C. The Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI Washington Field Office are among the departments looking into the matter.
Capitol locked down in the wake of security threat
Friday afternoon after the incident, the Capitol was put in lockdown. About 1:20 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police sent a letter to Hill staffers stating that due to an external security threat, no entrance or exit is allowed. People could walk about inside the area. External windows and doors, on the other hand, should be avoided. Anyone wandering outside should go inside immediately.
When the scene happened, Congress was in session, and several personnel offices were closed immediately. Following the deadly rampage on Jan. 6, where demonstrators invaded the Capitol and five people got killed, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, there were nearly 2,300 National Guardsmen still on duty at the Capitol. Around 40 National Guardsmen in body armors queued up to block the entrance. Roads and crosswalks near the Supreme Court were both closed by Capitol Police and the National Guard.
In the White House, flags were lowered in remembrance of the officer who died in the incident.