Man Rams Car Into 2 Capitol Police; 1 Officer, Driver Killed

A Capitol police officer was killed Friday when a man rammed his car into two officers at a barrier at the Capitol, and then emerged from the vehicle with a knife.

Video shows the driver of the crashed car with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

Authorities said that there wasn’t an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism. The Capitol was put on lockdown as a precaution.

The attack occurred about 100 yards from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol.

Neither the House nor 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.

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