News ID: 301801
Published: 0147 GMT April 03, 2021

US flags at half-staff after deadly attack on US Capitol

US flags at half-staff after deadly attack on US Capitol
SCOTT J. APPLEWHITE/AP
Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on US Capitol Hill on April 2.

US President Joe Biden ordered flags at the White House be lowered to half-staff after a motorist rammed a car into US Capitol police on Friday and brandished a knife, killing one officer and injuring another.

Police shot and killed the suspect, Reuters reported.

Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the US Capitol Police, said the suspect drove into the officers, then hit a barricade and got out of the vehicle, lunging at them with a knife.

Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force and father of two children. Officials said the other officer was in a stable and non-life-threatening condition.

“It does not appear to be terrorism-related but obviously we’ll continue to investigate,” said Robert Contee, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington.

Biden said he was heartbroken by the attack and ordered flags at the White House be lowered to half-staff. In a statement, he said he was being briefed on the investigation.

 

 

 

   
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