July 31, 2021

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Cop and suspect dead after car rams barricade outside US Capitol

A maniac slammed his car into two US Capitol Police officers on Friday afternoon — killing one — before he was shot dead by police while running at them with a knife, officials said.

The mayhem — which one high-ranking cop called “senseless” — erupted shortly after 1 p.m., sending the government building into lockdown and drawing a massive response from law enforcement authorities and the National Guard.

The slain cop was identified by the Capitol Police as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force and a member of its First Responders Unit.

The other, unidentified cop “is in stable and non-threatening condition,” the Capitol Police tweeted early Friday evening.

The driver was identified as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana, according to NBC News, which cited four law enforcement officials briefed on the matter.

Evans’ killing came less than three months after the deadly Capitol riot in which a fellow officer, Brian Sicknick, was among five fatalities.

William Evans
William Evans joined the department in 2003 and served as a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit.
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Green died after being taken to a hospital, as were the two cops he mowed down.

Green also stabbed one of the officers, according to The Associated Press, which cited two law enforcement sources.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman appeared to struggle with her emotions during a news conference at which she revealed one of the cops had died.

Noah Green was identified in the suspect at the incident at the US Capitol on Friday.
Noah Green was identified in the suspect at the incident at the US Capitol on Friday.
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“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce that one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Pittman said.

At the time, Pittman said she couldn’t yet identify the slain cop “because we still have to notify the next of kin.”

“This has been an extremely difficult time for US Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today,” she said.

“So I ask that you keep our US Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers.”

A tweet from the Capitol Police posted before Evans was identified said that he died at 1:30 p.m.

Scene from the US Capitol after car rammed a barricade
The scene from the US Capitol after a car rammed a barricade
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“At least one officer drew their weapon and shot the suspect,” the statement added.

The Rev. Patrick Mahoney told The Post that he had finished performing a Good Friday service at the nearby Ulysses S. Grant Memorial when the gunfire erupted.

“I was walking up Constitution Avenue and I was by the Capitol and I heard gunshots ring out,” said Mahoney, a former Presbyterian minister who runs the Christian Defense Coalition activist group.

“I saw a young woman upset. She said she had just seen someone get shot.”

The woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, was “really distraught” and said “the attacker had a knife” and “described it as a machete,” Mahoney said, adding that he prayed aloud to help comfort her.

The fatal attack “does not appear to be terrorism-related but obviously, we’ll continue to investigate to see along those lines,” acting Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said.

The suspect was reportedly shot after pulling a knife.
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Contee also said there “does not appear to be an ongoing threat.”

“Obviously, we’re in the very early stages of our investigation,” he said.

“We need to obviously understand the motivation behind this senseless act. So the Metropolitan Police Department will certainly be doing that.”

The suspect doesn’t appear to be anyone with whom cops are familiar and there’s “no indication” he was targeting any member of Congress, Pittman said.

Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol.
Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol.
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Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are currently in recess for the Easter holiday.

The lockdown of the Capitol was lifted shortly after 3 p.m.

The incident took place at a vehicle checkpoint on the north side of the Capitol along Constitution Avenue in Washington DC, that’s about 100 feet from an entrance on the Senate side.

Pittman said authorities were reviewing surveillance video.

“The suspect did exit the vehicle with a knife in hand. And at that time he started to lunge toward — run aggressively toward US Capitol police officers,” she said.

A photo of the scene taken shortly after the incident shows a dark blue sedan with its front end crumpled against a white metal, pop-up barricade with the words “STOP” in red.

Two US Capitol cops were injured in the incident.
A car is seen moments after it crashed into a barrier at the Capitol.
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The driver’s door and trunk were also open as authorities gathered around a band of yellow caution tape.

A 12-foot fence, topped with razor wire, was erected around the Capitol to restrict access and block traffic following the Jan. 6 riot.

But it was taken down about a month ago and replaced with a shorter, 8-foot fence that pulled in the perimeter and allowed vehicles to pass by.

Two US Capitol cops were injured in the incident.
The driver reportedly got out of the car with a knife after hitting the officers, then was shot.
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