Suspect in Capitol attack suffered delusions

Daniel Fowler
April 4, 2021

The police officer killed in a vehicle attack at the United States Capitol was a native of Western Massachusetts who was a high school athlete.

The suspect was shot by officers and died at a hospital.

US President Joe Biden reacted to the incident saying he and first lady Jill Biden were heartbroken. "However, I hope it is a comfort to Officer Evans' family and the family of the other Officer harmed in the line of duty that so many are heartbroken and grateful for the officers' courageous protection of the Capitol", Pelosi said. One of them, Officer William "Billy" Evans, later died from his injuries.

Officer William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was identified as the officer killed on Friday.

Spencer Cox has ordered flags at state facilities to be flown at half-mast Friday-Tuesday to honor the victims of an attack at the U.S. Capitol.

The suspect in Friday's attack on Capitol Police reportedly suffered mental issues, alleging that USA government agencies were spying on him, several media reports suggest. The suspect was identified as Noah Green.

A tow truck tows away the auto used to ram a police barricade outside the U.S. Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. April 2, 2021.

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Police said Green rammed his auto into the officers at 1:02 p.m. and then exited the vehicle and lunged at them.

Kate Brown on Friday called for flags at all public institutions throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff after a man drove a vehicle into two police officers at the U.S. Capitol, killing one of the officers. Multiple sources said one of the officers was stabbed in the face, but it was unclear which officer was stabbed.

Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told the news agency that the incident did not seem to be terrorism-related, but investigation into it would continue.

Biden's move followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi making a similar order to lower the flags at the Capitol to half-staff.

On Friday, National Guard troops were mobilised and the staff at the Capitol were told to seek cover shortly after the attack took place.

The question of security at the Capitol has generated a heated debate in Congress amid a highly politicised environment following the Jan 6 riot and former president Donald Trump's role in inciting his supporters to violence.

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