Police officer dies after an attack on Capitol building

Police officer dies after an attack on Capitol building

The US Capitol Police said the investigation into today's attack on police officers near the US Capitol is ongoing.

Capitol Police shot dead the driver after he jumped out of the vehicle and lunged at them with a knife, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans' family, and everyone grieving his loss", President Joe Biden said in a statement.

"Officer Evans, his family, and all those who knew him are in our hearts and prayers". Both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with one having "succumbed to his injuries", Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

"He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division's First Responder's Unit". "This has been an extremely hard time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today".

Marino said incidents like this, which is believed to be a "lone wolf" attack, may be hard to prevent, but the security system in place worked "exactly how it should".

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"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the US Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the US Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life", Biden said.

The suspect was shot and killed by one of the officers after exiting "the vehicle with a knife in hand" and "lunging" at the officers, Yogananda Pittman, the acting Capitol Police chief, said at a press conference.

Police said Green rammed his auto into the officers at 1:02 p.m. and then exited the vehicle and lunged at them. Multiple sources said one of the officers was stabbed in the face, but it was unclear which officer was stabbed.

The US Capitol complex has been locked down. "Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years".

Biden's move followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi making a similar order to lower the flags at the Capitol to half-staff.

Barbed wire fencing that surrounded the complex for months after pro-Trump rioters stormed the building on January 6 has since come down and thousands of the National Guard troops who were deployed in response to the insurrection have since returned home, though thousands still remain in Washington due to lingering security concerns.

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