The Capitol Police recognized the officer killed within the line of responsibility on Friday as William F. Evans, an 18-year veteran of the power.
Officer Evans was one among two officers who have been injured after they have been rammed by a car on the U.S. Capitol. He was later pronounced useless.
“It’s with profound unhappiness that I share the information of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from accidents he sustained following an assault on the north barricade by a lone assailant,” Yogananda D. Pittman, the performing chief of the Capitol Police, stated in a press release.
The motive force, who emerged from the automotive with a knife, was shot and killed, in line with the police.
Officer Evans started working for the Capitol Police on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the primary responder unit.
Officer Evans’s loss of life comes after a horrific few months for the Capitol Police power. Practically 140 officers have been injured throughout a lethal assault on the constructing on Jan. 6 by a pro-Trump mob. Officer Brian Sicknick died of accidents he sustained in the course of the siege.
“This has been a particularly troublesome time for U.S. Capitol Police,” Chief Pittman stated.
Officer Evans was born in North Adams, Mass., The Boston Globe reported. “He cherished being a U.S. Capitol Police officer greater than anybody may actually say,” Metropolis Councilor Jason M. LaForest instructed The Globe in an interview on Friday.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who known as Officer Evans a “martyr for our democracy,” stated in a letter to congressional colleagues that she had been in contact with Officer Evans’s household.
“I’ve conveyed our prayers and condolences to his mom, Janice, with our supply of help to her and Officer Evans’ youngsters, Logan and Abigail,” Ms. Pelosi stated within the letter. “I’ve additionally conveyed the prayers of the Congress with our ongoing promise of assist in any solution to the household of the opposite Officer harmed, who exhibited nice valor in defending the Capitol.”
Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the minority chief, stated he was “heartbroken” at Officer Evans’s loss of life.
“As soon as once more, courageous officers of the US Capitol Police have been violently attacked whereas merely doing their job,” he stated. “The Senate is praying exhausting for the second injured officer and for Officer Evans’s household and buddies. We couldn’t be extra grateful for the professionalism and heroism of the officers who neutralized this menace on the checkpoint and for the whole U.S.C.P. power, who’ve needed to endure a lot in only a few quick months.”
The Senate majority chief, Chuck Schumer of New York, stated he had additionally spoken with Officer Evans’s household on Friday evening, telling them that the Senate mourned his loss and appreciated his bravery, a spokesman for the senator’s workplace stated.
President Biden has ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff in any respect federal buildings, together with the White Home, Ms. Pelosi stated.
“Members of Congress, employees and Capitol staff, and certainly all Individuals, are united in appreciation for the braveness of the U.S. Capitol Police,” she stated. “Right now, as soon as once more, these heroes risked their lives to guard our Capitol and our nation, with the identical extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on Jan. 6.”