Capitol police officer dies after car rams security barrier

Police officer dies after car rams security barrier
A car crashed into a security barrier of the Capitol building complex. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: One Capitol police officer has died and another is injured after a suspect attack the US Capitol complex.

A car crashed into a security barrier of the Capitol building complex before the driver lunged towards the officers with a knife, according to police. The attack came three months after January’s deadly Capitol riots.

The officers opened fire and the suspect was shot dead in the scene.

Authorities said the attack did not appear to be terrorism-related.

At a news conference, the acting chief of Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee said: “Whether the attack was at law enforcement, or whoever, we have a responsibility to get to the bottom of it and we’ll do that.”

Yogananda Pittman, Acting Capitol Police Chief, said it was “with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries”.

She named the officer as William “Billy” Evans in a later statement. The officer had been a member of the Capitol Police for 18 years and was part of the department’s first responders unit.

She said: “Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

CBS News reported citing two law enforcement sources that the suspect in the attack was 25-year-old Noah Green from Indiana.

They said that no prior information about the suspect had been found on any police databases.

In a post from mid-March Green wrote that he had recently left his job, “partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey”. The Facebook page is now deleted.

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