Capitol cop killed by ‘Nation of Islam’ knife-man who mowed him down before being shot dead

Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans was killed on Friday

Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans was killed on Friday

Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans was killed on Friday 

The Capitol police officer killed by a knife-wielding driver on Friday has been identified as veteran cop Billy Evans. 

Evans had worked for the Capitol Police for 18 years. 

On Friday, he was killed and one of his fellow officers was critically injured when a suspect, named by NBC as Noah Green, mowed them down in his blue Nissan Altima. Green was then shot dead by other cops.  

He was not known to police in Washington DC but he did have a record in Virginia, according to law enforcement sources. 

It’s unclear what prompted him to carry out Friday’s attack. 

NBC reports that he was a follower of Nation of Islam but police are yet to confirm that. 

A Facebook page belonging to a man with his name has now been taken down. It showed he was a fan of the leader of Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakan. 

In a statement on Friday afternoon, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said: ‘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. 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.’ 

Fencing that had been in place around the Capitol since the January 6 riot was taken down just last week.  

Armed National Guardsmen were deployed immediately and have been seen patrolling the halls of government buildings but police say there is no outstanding threat.

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The suspect - who NBC is reporting is now dead - is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition. He has been named by NBC as 25-year-old Noah Green

The suspect - who NBC is reporting is now dead - is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition. He has been named by NBC as 25-year-old Noah Green

The suspect – who NBC is reporting is now dead – is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition. He has been named by NBC as 25-year-old Noah Green

Two Capitol cops were injured on Friday after a car smashed into a barrier on Independence Avenue 

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the cop who was killed. 

It’s unclear if President Biden has been briefed on the incident. It unfolded while White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was conducting her daily briefing.  

‘It is with a heavy heart that I come here to shed some light on the incident that occurred at the US Capitol.

‘At approximately 1.02 this afternoon, a suspect entered what we refer to as the north barricade of the Capitol. 

‘The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers then hit the north barricade barrier. The suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect.

‘He did not respond to verbal commands, he started lunging towards officers, at which time USC officers fired upon the suspect. At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased.  

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

U.S. law enforcement officers guard streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings

U.S. law enforcement officers guard streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings

U.S. law enforcement officers guard streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings 

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday that it had been a 'tough' year for the force.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday that it had been a 'tough' year for the force.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday that it had been a ‘tough’ year for the force.

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

‘Two US Capitol Police Officers were transported to different hospitals. It is with a very very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumb to his injuries,’ she said. 

She did not reveal whether or not the suspect said anything while carrying out the attack, but said he was not known to the police. 

Neither the House or Senate is in session this week so lawmakers are back in their home states instead of being in the Capitol building.

The White House did not appear to have an immediate change in security posture in response to the situation at the Capitol. President Joe Biden had left to spend Easter at Camp David shortly before the incident occurred.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there is a member of the national security team, an acting chief of staff and a member of the press team traveling with him, as is standard operating procedure.

Traveling with Biden this weekend are Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff Yohannes Abraham, Chief of Staff & Executive Secretary for the National Security Council; Anthony Bernal, Assistant to the President & Advisor to the First Lady; and Stephen Goepfert, Special Assistant to the President & Personal Aide to the President. 

Driver broke through the only remaining security fence outside US Capitol building after other 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks were removed a week ago 

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks around the complex were removed more than two months after the deadly January 6 riots. 

Steel fences and roads blocks were put in place to fortify the complex in the wake of the Capitol riots. 

The security measures, which at one point included wide scale fences and 25,000 National Guardsmen, have slowly been scaled back over the past two months. 

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks (pictured above in orange) around the complex were removed just last week. An inner layer of barricades and fences (pictured above in blue) around the Capitol building itself still remains

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks (pictured above in orange) around the complex were removed just last week. An inner layer of barricades and fences (pictured above in blue) around the Capitol building itself still remains

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks (pictured above in orange) around the complex were removed just last week. An inner layer of barricades and fences (pictured above in blue) around the Capitol building itself still remains

An outer security perimeter that was in place around the wider Capitol complex was finally removed last week. 

It included a 7-ft steel fence that had cost roughly $1.2 million a week.  

An inner layer of barricades and fences around the Capitol building itself still remains.  

It was this inner security perimeter that the knife-wielding suspect drove his car through on Friday. 

Authorities decided to keep the inner perimeter of fencing as law enforcement and lawmakers continue to try and hash out a long-term plan for security. 

Capitol Police had said last week when it announced it was taking down the outer security perimeter that they were ready to ‘quickly ramp up security at a moment’s notice’ if it was needed. 

The political pressure to remove the security fencing had been building for several weeks.

Members of the DC National Guard were deployed in the wake of Friday’s incident. 

There are currently still 2,300 National Guard personnel based in DC from the support mission that was initiated in the wake of the riot. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III last month approved a request by the Capitol Police for continued National Guard support through May 23.

Armed National Guardsmen were deployed immediately after Friday’s incident but was not immediately clear if they were among the 2,300 on duty for the support mission.

They were been seen patrolling the halls of government buildings. 

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Constitution Avenue (pictured above), which is the major thoroughfare that flanks the Capitol, has now reopened. Road blocks and razor wire fence that had lined the perimeter have now been taken down

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Constitution Avenue (pictured above), which is the major thoroughfare that flanks the Capitol, has now reopened. Road blocks and razor wire fence that had lined the perimeter have now been taken down

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Steel fences and National Guardsmen along the outer perimeter of the Capitol complex are now longer in place but several road blocks, which were already in place, are still there. Pedestrians can now access the area for the first time in months

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