Suspect shot dead and officer killed after car rams into barricade at US Capitol

A suspect has been shot dead and a police officer has been killed after a car rammed into a barricade near the US Capitol building. Four senior law enforcement officials have told NBC News the suspect

Suspect shot dead and officer killed after car rams into barricade at US Capitol

A suspect has been shot dead and a police officer has been killed after a car rammed into a barricade near the US Capitol building.

Four senior law enforcement officials have told NBC News the suspect was a 25-year-old man named Noah Green, from Covington, Virginia.

Capitol Police have confirmed the officer who died was William Evans.

Police officer William 'Billy' Evans died in the attack on the US Capitol building
Image: Police officer William 'Billy' Evans died in the attack

Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the force, said the suspect jumped out of his vehicle brandishing a knife after he drove at Officer Evans and another officer at the barricade at around 1pm local time (6pm UK time).

She continued: "The suspect did start lunging towards US Capitol police officers, at which time US Capitol police officers fired upon the suspect.

"At this time the suspect has been pronounced deceased.

"Two US Capitol police officers were transported to two different hospitals and it is with a very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries."

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The other officer, who has not been named, is said to be in a stable and non-threatening condition.

Noah Green is suspected of carrying out the attack
Image: Noah Green is suspected of carrying out the attack

Paying tribute to the police officer who died, Ms Pittman later said in a statement: "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... please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

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'One of our officers has succumbed to his injuries'

Officials have said the suspect died in hospital.

Ms Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on police radar.

Authorities added there was no longer an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.

Police and fire officials stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill. Pic: AP
Image: Police and fire officials stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill. Pic: AP
National Guard members patrol the streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol
Image: National Guard members patrol the streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol

There is also no immediate connection apparent between Friday's crash and the Capitol riot on 6 January.

The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and his wife, Jill, were "heartbroken" by the attack.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans' family, and everyone grieving his loss," he said.

"We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered the flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-mast in memory of Officer Evans, who she described as "a martyr for our democracy".

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police stand guard near the scene of a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Image: Members of the U.S. Capitol Police stand guard near the scene

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Sky correspondent Alex Rossi, who is in Washington DC, said: "Police are carrying out forensic investigations, so they're gathering evidence, trying to understand exactly what has happened and why this has happened as well as how it was able to happen.

"Also, the FBI has now responded to this incident... they will be carrying out their own inquiries, trying to understand how and why this happened."

Staff inside the building in Washington DC were sent a message telling them no entry or exit was allowed and they were warned to stay away from exterior windows and doors.

The Capitol building in Washington DC
Image: A barrier was struck by a car near the Capitol building
Troops stand guard on Capitol Hill. Pic: AP
Image: Troops stand guard on Capitol Hill. Pic: AP

The message added: "If you are outside, seek cover."

The attack comes as the Washington region remains on edge nearly three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Mr Biden's presidential win.

Five people died in the riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former president Donald Trump's bid to overturn the election.