US Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. briefing on the US Capitol incident of Friday, April 2, 2021.
A suspect in a small sedan rammed a police barricade on Constitution Avenue at the United States Capitol, got out of the car brandishing a knife, and began running. The suspect began running toward US Capitol police officers. When the suspect refused to drop the knife, he was shot and killed at the incident which began about 1:02 p.m. ET on Friday, April 2, 2021.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters at a press conference that one US Capitol Police officer died and another is injured after the suspect rammed the barricade known as the North Barricade.
Pittman said the suspect in the attack has also died, and that the suspect was not on file with the US Capitol Police. Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. Acting Chief Robert J. Contee said there is no indication of an ongoing threat, and that initially, the attack does not appear to be terrorism-related. Pittman said the security posture at the United States Capitol remains the same. One of the police officers was reported to have been stabbed, but Pittman did not confirm that a police officer was stabbed.
Pittman added that the scene is still being processed, and the investigation is ongoing. Pittman said initially the name of the officer will not be released until the police officer’s family is notified.
“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant. Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
– Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman
The two police officers and the suspect were transported to the hospital,” USCP said in a tweet Friday.
“The DC National Guard deployed a Immediate Response Force (IRF) composed of National Guard soldiers and airmen to the Capitol complex this afternoon to support the U.S. Capitol Police. Due to operational security, we cannot discuss further details regarding the IRF,” the National Guard said in a tweet.
“No National Guard members were injured in the incident at the Capitol. Currently, approximately 2,300 National Guard members are in DC supporting local, state, and federal authorities in DC,” according to the National Guard. New video showed a column of armed National Guard members moving near the scene with transparent shields.
Multiple news sources are reporting that the suspect was identified as Noah Green, age 25, of Indiana.
No Congressional sessions were scheduled on today, Good Friday.
Video of security incident at the U.S. Capitol from CGTN, funded in whole or in part by the Chinese government.
The U.S. Capitol went into lockdown on Friday afternoon after a car reportedly crashed into one of the barriers surrounding the complex (The Hill).
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UPDATE: Capitol lockdown lifted; one Capitol officer killed, suspect Also dead.