House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed Evans as a “martyr for our democracy,” whereas Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned he was “heartbroken.” Pelosi and Schumer each spoke Friday with members of Evans’ household.

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Washington

PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 08:17 AM IST

A US Capitol Police officer who died Friday after a person rammed his automotive into him and one other officer at a barricade was recognized as an 18-year veteran of the pressure.

William “Billy” Evans joined the division in 2003 and was a member of its first responders unit. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed Evans as a “martyr for our democracy,” whereas Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned he was “heartbroken.” Pelosi and Schumer each spoke Friday with members of Evans’ household.

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President Joe Biden mentioned in an announcement that he and his spouse had been heartbroken to study of the assault and expressed condolences to Evans’ household. He directed flags on the White House to be lowered to half-staff.

The dying is the newest second of sorrow for a division after the lack of Brian Sicknick, who clashed with rioters in the course of the Jan. 6 riot and died a day later, and Howard Liebengood, who dedicated suicide days after that.

Video reveals the driving force of the crashed automotive rising with a knife in his hand and beginning to run on the pair of officers, Capitol Police performing Chief Yogananda Pittman instructed reporters.

Authorities shot the suspect, recognized by legislation enforcement officers as 25-year-old Noah Green. He died at a hospital.

Investigators had been digging into his background and inspecting whether or not he had any historical past of psychological well being issues as they tried to discern a motive. They had been working to acquire warrants to entry his on-line accounts.

“Our thoughts and prayer are with the Officer who passed and his family,” Larry Cosme, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said in a statement. “He gave his life in dedication to protecting our nation’s democracy and should be treated as a national hero. Our prayers also remain with the second officer battling injuries sustained in the attack. We hope for a swift recovery and commend both officers for their courageous actions.”

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