WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. It was the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still struggling to heal from the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Video shows the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

“I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said. “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.”

Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that investigators initially believed the suspect stabbed one of the officers, but it was later unclear whether the knife actually made contact, in part because the vehicle struck the officers with such force. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Authorities said there wasn’t an ongoing threat, though the Capitol was put on lockdown for a time as a precaution. There was also no immediate connection apparent between Friday’s crash and the Jan. 6 riot.

Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green. Investigators were digging into his background and examining whether he had any mental health history as they tried to discern a motive. They were also working to obtain warrants to access his online accounts.

Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police’s radar. But the attack underscored that the building and campus — and the officers charged with protecting them — remain potential targets for violence.

Green described himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam and its founder, Louis Farrakhan, and spoke of going through a difficult time where he leaned on his faith, according to recent messages posted online that have since been taken down. The messages were captured by the group SITE, which tracks online activity.

“To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” he wrote. “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.”

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and his wife were heartbroken to learn of the attack and expressed condolences to Evans’ family. He directed flags at the White House to be lowered to half staff.

The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, though most were away from the building for the current recess. The attack occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. One witness, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said he was finishing a Good Friday service nearby when he heard three shots ring out.

The Washington region remains on edge nearly three months after a mob of insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Biden’s presidential win.

Five people died in the Jan. 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off the intruders seeking to overturn the election. Authorities installed a tall perimeter fence around the Capitol and for months restricted traffic along the roads closest to the building, but they had begun pulling back some of the emergency measures. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was only recently removed.

Evans was the seventh Capitol Police member to die in the line of duty in the department’s history, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks deaths of law enforcement. In addition, two officers, one from Capitol Police and another from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, died by suicide following the Jan. 6 attack.

Almost 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded in that attack, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one with cracked ribs, according to the officers’ union. It took hours for the National Guard to arrive, a delay that has driven months of finger-pointing between that day’s key decision makers.

Capitol Police and National Guard troops were called upon soon afterward to secure the Capitol during Biden’s inauguration and faced another potential threat in early March linked to conspiracy theories falsely claiming Trump would retake the presidency.

“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful.”

The U.S. Capitol complex was placed on lockdown for a time after Friday’s shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings. Video showed Guard troops mobilizing near the area of the crash.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 dog inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

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artandarchitecture

I'd like to hear condemnation from the Biden-Harris team condemning the Capitol Police for killing this black man who didn’t have a gun, but a knife, & was lunging at police. Joe needs to give his usual,"Police need to stop perpetrators by shooting them in the legs" reprimand.

But first he would have to condemn the Black Capitol Police *Lieutenant* who shot & murdered Ashli Babbitt, a 100%-unarmed, white lady vet who was breaking some glass on Jan 6, 2021.*

As a reminder, there have been many Capitol breeches over the years, from the hoards of protesters against the selection of Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, to the 1971 bombing of the U.S. Capitol by communist-sympathizers, "Weather Underground", & then the 11/7/83 bombing by more commies (May 19th Communist Organization). <--- Susan Rosenberg served 16 years in prison for this. She was released early by Bill Clinton, & went on to join marxist Black Lives Matter Global Network, where she fundraises for BLM today.

* A photo of the Capitol Police murder suspect can be seen in this article:

EXCLUSIVE: Police Lieutenant Who Shot and Killed Ashli Babbitt – Lead Murder Suspect in Ashli Babbitt Case By Tayler Hansen/GWP, February 25, 2021

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/breaking-exclusive-police-lieutenant-shot-killed-ashli-babbitt-lead-murder-suspect-ashli-babbitt-case/

Awteam2021

I guess she (Ashi) should not have broken into the Capitol by busting through a window and trying to enter the building illegally. Isn’t that a 2nd amendment reason for having guns, “to prevent unlawful entry”? You disagree? Many of the commenters would shoot anyone breaking into their property. And the guy (the Black man) who drove over a Capitol Cop, killing him. They were both willing to take a bullet for their attempted unlawful entry, both lunatics and both dead. If they expected a different outcome they shouldn’t have tried to breach the Capitol.

Try climbing through my window or driving your car up my driveway, uninvited and see what happens . You shouldn’t bet you won’t get shot.

C.D.Reid

I'll tell you what, Aw, you shoot someone for just driving up your driveway and I'll bet it won't be long before you regret it, and big time at that. Even if an intruder is in your house you can't [legally] just go blasting away. Your false bravado is just that; false, as in "a pretense of courage and self-confidence." For your reading pleasure:

https://www.findlaw.com/criminal/criminal-charges/may-i-shoot-an-intruder.html

bosco

Growing up in the country with a response time by law enforcement measured in hours, if not days, I was taught to always fire a warning shot. It could be your second or third, but always fire a warning shot.

public-redux

Has the Capitol Police officer been convicted of murder? I missed that development. Source?

artandarchitecture

Correct. There's no source for conviction, because a trial for the wrongful killing has not occurred yet. It's true that we all need to keep an open mind about people's innocence before they have had their day in court, (incl. Derek Chauvin & the McMichael's.)

public-redux

When you say “the wrongful killing”, it sounds like you aren’t keeping an open mind.

Hayduke2

Delusional, full on QAnon nonsense...

C.D.Reid

Why is that, Hay, simply because you disagree with him? You just go ahead and think that as you sort through the candies in your Easter basket this morning.

Hayduke2

Well CD, the post ( and many of yours ) support my statement. Sorry that you can't see that through your blind anger.

bosco

Do you follow Qanon a lot, dukey?

public-redux

There are enough Qacks on these boards that one needn’t follow any of the QAnon posters.

MrSniper

There are a lot of misconceptions that were posted about the guy who did this. Chiefly he wasn’t a “card carrying member” of the Nation of Islam. He was a young man that was struggling with mental illness (that seemed to be precipitated by a cruel prank) & despite having people close to him that tried to help, it unfortunately wasn’t enough. These things happen and are symptomatic of a healthcare system and social safety nets not equipped to effectively deal with this phenomenon.

Awteam2021

Unfortunately the Capitol is now a target for malcontents.

C.D.Reid

"Awteam2021 Apr 3, 2021 10:14am

gjthuro aka jerseygrl,.."

Is that what you've lowered yourself to, AW, @$$-u-ming someone changed their screen name (and what if they did, huh?) and now you're going to start writing more garbage like the above? Yeah, I guess that's to be expected from the likes of you.

Awteam2021

CD, how many cups of coffee do you drink by noon 🕛? Why are you expressing in such vulgarity and rage to my earlier posts, that insights such girth emotion? What do you specifically disagree with? That the Capitol is now a target by malcontents? Or ‘whoever’ or ‘whatever’ user commented - Trump should not acknowledge he lied about the election even though it might subside some of the malcontents. Or maybe it’s both 🤔?

And I’m not sure if “the likes of you” is meant to be an insult or a complement.

Remember, count to10 before responding.

phydeaux994

I think it might be Irish Coffee....emphasis on the Irish.

threecents

I concur with Phy and suggest CD switch back to the MJ from the Baileys.

C.D.Reid

Better to drink the coffee that I drink, than the Kool Aid you people love so much.

bosco

Gevalia chocolate flavored coffee with a splash of Jameson's gives you a whole new way to greet the day. Try it, Fido. It'll help you get up and do what needs to be done.

public-redux

I sure hope that isn’t a lasting legacy of the Trump Rioters.

Hayduke2

Another extremist that bought into the America is declining nonsense. Left, right or a fringe group, those who buy into extreme viewpoints are ripe for irrational acts. This individual , those that stormed the Capitol, those who used BLM to commit violence and those who demean one group as the root of their troubles will continue to do major damage to the United States. Quit with the politics, call out the bad behavior on both sides and work to make sure those who have a national voice cannot stoke this kind of behavior.

Awteam2021

[thumbup]

gabrielshorn2013

Absolutely agreed hay. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

pdl603

Once again the MSM narrative could not be further from the truth. The guy was not the following, white and not Trump follower but rather a Nation of Islam cultist. The usual lefties in here once again have egg on their faces.

bosco

They'll never see it that way, pdl603. The perp was a supporter of Farrakhan who has preached that Jews are termites and must be exterminated. That doesn't fit their Orange Man Bad and everything is Trump's fault delusions. I wonder how long they can maintain the charade? They have already resorted to their fallback of name calling.

C.D.Reid

No, they never do see all the egg on their faces and I guess it's because they have so much of it it covers their eyes. And, when they do have it, their only recourse is their standard standby: DEFLECTION!!!

phydeaux994

DM (not CD)a.k.a. Dave, aren’t you the prognosticator that guaranteed a Trump win, and further prognosticated that the Democrats would act like the BTT(BullyTagTeam) are acting now?? I thought so!! Peace.✌️😷

stefcfi

Leave politics out of this tragedy. Condolences to this officer's family and friends.

This world has truly gone bananas.

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Greg F

Gaslight somewhere else C-Dim

bosco

While the usual FNP suspects try to blame Trump before there is any investigation - taking a cue from Pelosi and her stooge Raskin - at this point it's looking more like suicide by cop. Driving your car into an immovable barricade and then jumping out and attacking cops with a knife. Not a well thought out invasion plan.

Let's see what the investigation reveals, but in the meantime the "jump to conclusion" comments will still be here. [lol][lol][lol][lol]

Greg F

And the usual suspects deny any relation or even that anything was wrong on Jan 6. You jump to deflection . I’m sure somewhere in that head of yours you still think pizza-gate was real.

Greg F

I spread no hate Bonzo. You spread lies, racism and right winger propaganda like it’s candy and spin absolutely everything to the favor of conservatism. I debunk your garbage spin doctoring as do others who see you for what you are. Sad old man grumpy he is a minority now and will be for eternity, and willing to do anything to remain relevant. Troll is you.

bnick467

PizzaGate IS real. Just ask Matt Gaetz. Or, as we're now calling him, Matt PizzaGaetz.

C.D.Reid

Question for ya bosco; how come every time "you use the bike from China aspect as a dog whistle," Greg F comes running with his tongue hanging out?

bosco

Good question CD. Maybe Doctor Fed Up Gregf are the same person. Maybe you should get Plumbum on the case.

Slainte.

C.D.Reid

Would that be Detective Plumbum, or Lawyer Plumbum? [lol]

Sláinte duitse freisin, a chara.

Greg F

You use the bike from China aspect as a dog whistle and you know it. Why not say you don’t want a bike from Mexico or France...both places they are made? And the surge at the border is seasonal and you know it, and there were more last year than this year so far, and any extra this year would be because of delays Covid caused in their ability to travel. Keep spinning and making a poor attempt at gaslighting. We all know what you are.

bosco

Oh, Doctor Fed Up GregF, so you didn't play your dog-eared race card when you called me a racist for not wanting to buy a bicycle made in China? I must have misunderstood when you posted " you're a racist".

The surge at the border is NOT seasonal and you know it. Come on, man, do some fact checking. Here's the deal. Biden opened the borders and you know it. Did he not pledge free health care for illegals? Did he not stop ICE deportations of criminal illegals? Is he not releasing illegals into the US without even a court date to appear?

Can you honestly say that's not an open border?

You must be so proud of Lyin' Biden and his ability to f**k things up, just like Obama predicted.

Go back to your happy place.

MD1756

On the national news last night, they said March hit a 15 year high. Is that seasonal the way the 17 year cicada cycle is seasonal?

threecents

You seriously think the perpetrator was not a devout Trumper? But that is not the real issue. The issue is that there are plenty other people who think Trump won and are planning similar terrorist acts and insurrections, and Trump is responsible for it. He could stop it by admitting that he lost fairly.

Greg F

Trump’s Jan 6 escapade opened the door for this sort of attack to be normalized further by GOP senate and house silence and spin. This is squarely on trump.

Greg F

Trumps stolen election and border issues live in yours binky. You are still devastated by trumps loss and can’t stand any successes others make that he utterly failed on, then shift blame to brown people at a border that would be here regardless of who is in office as the so-called surge is seasonal and has been for a decade at minimum. The surge is about safe travel weather, not who is in office, yet you play that race card constantly as if your guy even did anything except fail at putting up a Mexico paid wall and lose children that have yet to be found.

C.D.Reid

Trump’s Jan 6 escapade, Groggy? Would that be the escapade when blm and antifa helped storm the Capitol? Or are you still under the delusion that it was all Trump supporters?

C.D.Reid

"You are still devastated by trumps loss..." Would that be as devastated as you people were for a year before he was elected, the whole four years he was your president, and the 2.5 months since? Do you even realize how bad your TDS still is, Groggy? Because, even if you don't, we all do.

Awteam2021

Cd, the FBI has publicly stated multiple times that there is no evidence of involvement by ‘BLM’or ‘Antifa’ in the January 6, attack of the Capitol.🤷‍♂️ Quite the opposite ‘white nationalist’ groups coordinating the siege on the Capitol weeks before the attack, which equates to sedition. Now over 400 insurrectionists have been arrested. Many accept responsibility by saying they did it for Trump. Just yesterday, a person wanted by the FBI for the attack was arrested in Texas. He was proudly wearing a t-shirt stating “ I took part in the Capitol attack” and a Trump 2020 hat. He somehow was surprised by his arrest.

Now Trump is being sued by 2 Capitol police officers for Trump’s involvement in the Capitol attack.

Now Trump is being investigated by federal courts for his involvement in the insurrection ( that’s not the same as sedition.)

No one is investigating ‘BLM or ‘Antifa’s involvement in the Jan 6 attack on the Capitol.

If you know something deferent, please let me know, or you can inform the FBI at the following site:

https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/prosecutors-arrest-oath-keeper-seen-with-roger-stone-before-capitol-riot/2021/03/08/cf267fe6-8045-11eb-81db-b02f0398f49a_story.html

bosco

Well, threecents, GregF, et al. The joke is on you, but it could be expected since Trump still lives in your heads. The perp has been identified as a young Black man, a follower of Islam, and who recently lost his job. Doesn't fit your jump to conclusions delusions at all.

Identity politics backfired on you.

[lol][lol][lol][lol]

Greg F

The idea of attack at the capitol was founded by trumpers and trump, and they made it a new target, at the very least.

bosco

Weak, Doctor Fed Up GregF, very weak. Got any good recipes for crow?

C.D.Reid

"...and they made it a new target, at the very least." So, I guess Pelosi's Capitol Wall is going to stay up indefinitely, huh? [lol][lol][lol]

threecents

OK, I guess Trump is a good guy after all. I admit I was wrong.

Blueline

Well, don't you feel foolish now? I guess it's time to reassess who does this repudiating & what symbols should be banned.

bosco

How's that Trump delusion working out for you threecents? That TDS has really taken over, hasn't it? How do you feel about waiting for a little investigation before jumping to Blame Trump now that the perp has been revealed as Black and a supporter of Farrakhan? You remember Farrakhan, the guy who publicly preaches that Jews are termites that must be exterminated?

[lol][lol][lol][lol]

threecents

Bosco, Thanks for the correction. [thumbup]

bosco

[wink][thumbup]

olefool

Why wouldn't they blame trump, he's effed up every thing else he touched. Where do you think this guy got his idea to ram the Capitol barriers. He had mental and emotional problems, just like most all Trumpettes.

C.D.Reid

Hey fool, I seemed to have missed your answers to my questions yesterday so I'll ask them again:

Do you think the draft dodger in the White House should have just kept his big mouth shut while campaigning, instead of advertising an open border to all the illegals who wanted to cross it if/when he got elected? At least kept it shut until he had a firm plan in place? Or do you think the whole border crisis was pre-planned by him and his Dimocrat cohorts? By the way, what are your thoughts on the 20,000 - 30,000 Americans who fled to Canada to dodge the draft in order to avoid military service during the Vietnam War? Hmmm? Do you feel they were justified in doing so? Or do you think that Carter never should have pardoned them?

olefool

I'll reiterate bosco, I will not buy into your bull sheet . Get it???

C.D.Reid

" I will not buy into your bull sheet . Get it???" is just code for "I refuse to answer your questions, CD, because any truthful answers which I may manage to give will only make me look even more like a total fool." Right, olefool?

bosco

You hit the nail on the head, CD. It's increasingly difficult for the LLBTT to spin the mess Hidin' Biden's managed to make in just a couple of months. They are definitely not liking their turn in the barrel.

[lol][lol][lol][lol]

phydeaux994

I guess that means you were in the barrel for 5 years bosco. Do you know how that saying originated? And you stayed in it for 5 years. No wonder you’re so grouchy, you can’t sit down. Dems don’t ever get in the barrel bosco, they’re smarter than that. I guess you’re missing that ol’ barrel huh??😂🤣

threecents

Trump and his surrogates still need to admit he lost fair and square for the country to move on. That will take bravery, as the Trumps will try to cancel them.

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shiftless88

Um, Jethro, it is pretty much the exact truth. Basically every real examination of the charges have found that there was no significant voter fraud. From Barr on down to all the state levels. All the courts as well. So you either have to admit that you are wrong, or admit that the liberals are SOOOO powerful that they rule everything (in which case you are wrong, because if they are that powerful that implies numerous so of course Biden won). Here is a test; if Biden won in those states by fraud, how come the House members who won their seats in the same elections have not stepped down? How did they win but Trump lose?

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Greg F

Jethro...the clueless one. You won’t ever admit trump even fibbed once vs the real 30,000+ lies he spun in his term. Another hopeless radical right wingnut.

public-redux

I’ve come to the provisional conclusion that gjthuro is the new handle of jerseygrl.

Some stock phrases “Right you are and...” and “the lefty AP” are two examples. The repeated use of outlandish statistics “only 9% of the Covid relief bill was for Covid relief” which reminds me of the claim that “93 million American of working age aren’t in the labor force” when the only way to get to that number is to count juniors and seniors in high school and almost every person 70 and older.

phydeaux994

Good catch I bet you’re right.

Greg F

Probably correct - 2nd that. Too coincidental Joisycow disappeared.

C.D.Reid

So what if jersey did change her name, public? So what? And, if somehow you happen to be right, do you fancy yourself some kind of clever detective now?

public-redux

I agree. Doesn’t matter. Why do you ask? And, no. It is obvious.

public-redux

By the way, why do you think jerseygrl was female?

C.D.Reid

Well public, if you agree it doesn't matter if someone changes their name, why did you even bring it up in the first place? And, as have others done, I'm only guessing jerseygrl is a female because of the "grl" in the name. It's not necessarily obvious as to what the genders of people who post comments here are. Some can only be guessed, wouldn't you agree?

public-redux

C.D., Are you suggesting that comments should be only about something that matters? What an odd policy. Lighten up, Francis.

C.D.Reid

Well public, if you want to post comments about things that don't matter, you just go right ahead, OK? (Jeesh...)

public-redux

C.D., Thank you for your permission (snort).

C.D.Reid

No thanks necessary, public, you may have your "Thank you," and snort, back.

public-redux

Whoosh!

C.D.Reid

Whatever. [yawn] Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.............................

public-redux

I can tell that comment mattered a lot to you.

Awteam2021

gjthuro aka jerseygrl, commented earlier, “why would Trump admit to lying 🤥?”

threecents

Yah, that would assume he cares if what he says is truthful or not.

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