The driver of a vehicle attacked the US Capitol by ramming into police officers stationed at a barrier. The incident occurred Friday, April 2, at the north entrance. The vehicle struck two officers, injuring one and killing William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year-veteran. Suspect Noah Green got out of the vehicle after striking the two officers and lunged at them with a knife. After that, other officers at the scene shot and killed Noah.
The US Capitol increased security in the last few months. This was a direct result of when a horde of Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the building on January 6th. The embarrassing event miraculously didn’t end in more than 5 deaths. 25-year-old Noah Green did not appear on any government watch list. However, officials found Facebook posts referencing his allegiance to Black Nationalist group, Nation of Islam.
Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman stated, “It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. I just ask that the public continue to keep US Capitol Police and their families in your prayers.” And in addition to that, “This had been an extremely difficult time for US Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.”
Green also shared details on Facebook regarding his unemployment and “tough” times the past few years. He was a part-time student taking online classes at Florida State University.
Larry Cosme, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said in a statement that Officer Evans, “gave his life in dedication to protecting our nation’s democracy and should be treated as a national hero.” Many other friends and colleagues sang Evans’s praises and remembered him as a “wonderful guy.”