A U.S. Capitol Police officer is dead and another is hospitalized with injuries after an apparent attack Friday at a Capitol checkpoint. A man was said to have rammed his car into the officers and lunged at them with a knife before he was subdued, police said.
Noah Green, 25, died after being taken into custody, authorities said. According to ABC News, the officers opened fired after the vehicle breached a barrier outside the Capitol.
Both officers were taken to a local hospital. William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, law enforcement sources said.
Evans began his service on March 7, 2003, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement, and he was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. No other details were given.
The other officer is said to be in stable with non-threatening injuries, Capitol Police said.
“This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6, and now after the events that have occurred here today,” Pittman said. “So I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers.”
U.S. Capitol Police say all Capitol buildings were being locked down due to the external security threat and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings. Members of Congress weren’t in session at the time of the incident.
A motive for the attack is still unknown and authorities said the investigation remains in its early stages. The FBI’s Washington Field Office said it responded to an incident at the U.S. Capitol and will be providing assistance to Capitol Police.