On Friday, the United States Capitol was locked down amid an exterior security threat after a car hit into a barrier on the U.S. Senate side of the complex. According to the United States Capitol Police, one officer died, and another was wounded. The USCP said the police force killed the suspect after exiting his navy sedan and attacked them with a knife.
The security officials told Fox News that the incident was supposed to be a lone wolf attack.
Noah Green, 25, the suspect, was from Indiana and also had ties to Virginia.
Robert Contee, Metropolitan Police Department Acting Chief, stated in a briefing the attack didn’t appear to be terrorism-associated, and the man had no known link to a Congressional member. The suspect wasn’t known to the police suspect stabbed one of the officers during the conflict.
Authorities identified the officer as William “Billy” Evans. He had been a USCP member for eighteen years. Capitol Police announced that the other USCP officer hit by the car is in stable and non-threatening condition. Yogananda Pittman, acting USCP Chief, said the suspect had exited the vehicle, knife in hand, and lunged toward Capitol Police.
Earlier Friday afternoon, a voice announcement throughout the complex sounded that due to an outside security warning, no entry or exit is permitted at this time in any Capitol complex building. It also stated you might move around the buildings but stay away from exterior doors and windows.
The lock-down has since been lifted.
The USCP said the suspect and two wounded officers were taken to the hospital before the suspect and one officer succumbed to injuries.
U.S. President Joe Biden weighed in on the attack
Pittman said that this had been a tough time for United States Capitol Police after January 6 events, and now the events that have occurred there that day. So, he asks that to keep their Capitol Police family in their thoughts and prayers. One police officer died amid the January 6 Capitol riot, and two subsequently died of suicide after the outbreak.
The president said that Jill and he were heartbroken to learn of the attack at a security barrier on the United States Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the Capitol Police, and left a corresponding officer fighting for his life. Moreover, Biden said that they send their deepest condolences to Officer Evans’ family and every person grieving his loss. They know what a tough time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who safeguard it.
Biden said he wants to express the country’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who soon responded to that attack.
He added he’d receive continuing updates from his homeland security advisor and had directed the flags at the White House to flown at half-staff. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, also ordered all flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff to honor the officer who died in the event.
The D. C. National Guard also deployed an Immediate Response Force to the incident.
The FBI Washington Field Office tweeted that it is supporting the Capitol Police in responding to the event.
The event occurred at the North barricade vehicle access along Constitution Avenue
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, tweeted praying for the U.S. Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol.
Moreover, they are still learning what’s taken place. Thankful to all the USCP and leading responders who are on the scene.
The entry point where the event unfolded is directly where senators and aides enter the Capitol every day. The event occurred at the North barricade vehicle access along Constitution Avenue. Capitol Police had initially reported Independence Avenue before issuing a correction.
Until two weeks ago, when they reduced the outer perimeter’s size, Constitution Avenue was closed off. However still, the National Guard is stationed there.
There was a car visibly smashed into a barrier outside of the Capitol. The video revealed a helicopter landing on the East Front of the Capitol to respond to the incident.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, said on Friday that she didn’t update any modification in security posture at the White House. However, she wasn’t aware of the incident as she gave her daily briefing.
The event comes as the Capitol has been fortified for months following the January 6 riot on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob, after which the police force erected a fence for hundreds of yards beyond the Capitol complex buildings.
The perimeter around the Capitol was reduced in recent weeks as the complex’s security posture was relaxed.