U.S. Capitol police officer killed after suspect rammed his vehicle into a barricade

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Source: CNN; U.S. Capitol Police

Apr. 3 2021, Updated 11:23 a.m. ET

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An 18-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police was killed after a suspect slammed into a barricade at the congressional facility. 

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Officers on the scene shot and killed the suspect after he crashed into the Washington D.C. landmark. Capitol Police identified the victim as William "Billy" Evans.

“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," Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said. "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.” 

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Source: U.S. Capitol police

William Evans

Around 1 p.m. on April 2, the suspect in a blue sedan rammed his vehicle into the north barricade at the U.S. Capitol and hit two officers, according to police. 

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The Capitol campus was put on lockdown after the incident. 

The suspect got out of the vehicle with a knife and ran towards officers, police stated. At least one officer then shot the suspect. 

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One officer was taken to the hospital by a fellow cop, another was taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to police. 

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was also taken to the hospital, where he died around 1:30 p.m.

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Source: CNN

Police investigate after a suspect rammed a barricade at the U.S. Capitol

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The investigation is ongoing. 

Officials have not released a motive for the attack. It happens just months after a mob rioted and stormed the Capitol to protest the results of the U.S. Presidental election. One officer was killed in that incident, and others were hurt. 

Federal officials have charged dozens of people for their alleged role in the Jan. 6 riot. 

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