CBS NEWS – Grace Segers
A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured when a suspect rammed his vehicle into them at a barricade outside the Capitol on Friday. The suspect was shot by police after he exited the vehicle and lunged at officers. He later died at a nearby hospital.
Officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was identified as the officer who was killed on Friday. Capitol Police said the other officer is in “stable and non-threatening condition.”
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Noah R. Green, of Indiana, three law enforcement sources told CBS News. Police said he was not on law enforcement’s radar.
Green, an African American man, was not on any watch lists and appeared to have acted alone, according to a federal law enforcement official and a Capitol Hill source.
Police said Green rammed his car into the officers at 1:02 p.m., then exited his car and lunged at them. The officers then fired at the suspect, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a news conference Friday. Multiple sources said one of the officers was stabbed in the face, but it’s unclear which officer was stabbed.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Capitol Police sent an initial alert to congressional staffers, warning them of an “external security threat.” Within about an hour and a half, police sent another alert saying that the threat had been “neutralized.”
In a statement, President Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden “were heartbroken” to learn of the attack, adding that he has been receiving briefings on the incident from his homeland security adviser. Mr. Biden, who is at Camp David for the weekend, ordered the flags at the White House to be lowered to half-staff.
The incident comes nearly three months after rioters overran the building in a deadly attack on January 6. The riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Two Capitol Police officers also died by suicide after the attack, and dozens of officers were injured.
The union representing the officers called Friday’s attack “a tragic situation that adds to a very difficult year for our membership.”
Following the January attack, fencing was erected around the Capitol complex and thousands of National Guard troops were sent to Washington. That security fencing was taken down last week, although a layer of inner fencing around the Capitol building itself remains in place.
The barricade where the incident occurred is a checkpoint on the Senate side of the Capitol. It was put in place after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in order to prevent the Capitol from potential car bombings, noted Congressman Tim Ryan, who chairs the committee that oversees the Capitol Police.
There were fewer people at the Capitol on Friday since Congress is in recess; most lawmakers are in their home states. Other congressional staff, as well as reporters and police, were in their offices.
Andres Triay, Michael Kaplan, Kris Van Cleave and Rebecca Kaplan contributed reporting.