1 dead, 1 injured in attack on Capitol Hill police officer, White House lowers flags to half mast

One officer was killed and another was injured when a car crashed into police near the U.S. Capitol on April 2, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a news conference, according to mixed media reports.

Pittman said one person got out of the car with a knife and began to sprint. The police officer shot and killed the suspect.

Pittman said in a news release, “To my deepest sorrow, William ‘Billy’ Evans died this afternoon as a result of a lone assailant at the North Evans died of his injuries after being attacked at a roadblock. Evans had served as a U.S. Capitol Police officer for 18 years. He began his service with the Capitol Police on March 7, 2003, and he was a member of the Capitol Police Department’s Emergency Rescue Team. Keeping Evans and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. that day.

Police identified the suspect who carried out the attack as Noah Green, a 25-year-old African-American man from Indiana.

Robert Contee, acting chief of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, said there is no evidence that the incident was a terrorist attack and that the suspect is not on the Capitol Police or D.C. Police Department watch lists and has no ties to congressional personnel.

President Joe Biden and the first lady had just left D.C. for the Easter holiday at Camp David, Maryland, before the incident.

After the incident, Biden said he had been briefed to express his “heartfelt condolences” to the family of Capitol Police Officer Evans, who died in the line of duty. Biden also asked the White House to lower its flags to half mast in remembrance.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Congress to lower flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the fallen officers.