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Hero Down: US Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans Murdered By Black Nationalist While Protecting Capitol

Washington, DC – U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans was murdered in the line of duty on Friday when a black nationalist rammed his car into officers guarding the U.S. Capitol complex.

U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said the incident occurred at about 1:02 p.m. on April 2 when a man drove his vehicle into a security barricade on the U.S. Senate side of the Capitol building, NBC News reported.

The police chief said that the driver struck two officers with his vehicle – one of whom was Officer Evans – and rammed the barricade.

Then he jumped out of his car brandishing a knife at the officers, according to Chief Pittman.

Sources said the suspect had a knife with a very large blade, NBC News reported.

“Our officers then engaged that suspect,” she told reporters. “He did not respond to verbal commands. The suspect did start lunging toward U.S. Capitol Police officers, at which time, U.S. Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect. At this time, the suspect has bene pronounced deceased.”

“Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were transported to two different hospitals, and it is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Chief Pittman announced with tears in her eyes.

Officer Evans was an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police force, the Daily Mail reported.

He died at George Washington University Hospital.

The wounded officer, who hasn’t been identified, was in serious but stable condition, according to police sources.

Capitol Police, DC police, U.S. Park Police, and U.S. Secret Service escorted Officer Evans’ body from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office.

Police and firefighters across the nation’s capital stood at attention to show respect to the fallen hero as the procession passed.

The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was investigating both the attack on the officers and the officer-involved shooting, NBC News reported.

MPD Acting Chief Robert Contee initially said the incident “does not appear to be terrorism related.”

However, NBC News reported that four senior law enforcement officials who had been briefed on the incident said the driver of the vehicle that slammed into the Capitol Police officers guarding the barricade was Noah Green, who identified himself on his social media pages as a “Follower of Farrakhan.”

President Biden ordered the flags at the White House lowered to half-staff to honor Officer Evans, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) did the same at the U.S. Capitol, the Daily Mail reported.

Officer Evans joined the Capitol Police in 2003 and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder Unit.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Billy Evans, your life mattered.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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