The U.S. Capitol went into lockdown on Friday afternoon when a vehicle attempted to run down the barricade on the capitol grounds, killing one Capitol Police officer and wounding another, according to Breitbart News.
Staffers were told they couldn’t enter or exit the buildings beginning at just after 1 p.m. local time and the lockdown lasted into the evening before updates indicated the buildings were able to return to business as usual.
The suspect was shot by police after exiting their vehicle and brandishing a knife. He was then transported to a hospital for medical treatment before reportedly succumbing to his injuries.
It just after 2 p.m. when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued statements about the attack and nearly 3 p.m. when it was reported that the attacker was unknown to Capitol Police.
At 4:15 Capitol Police identified the fallen officer as Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans:
“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 …”
At 4:56 P.M. President Joe Biden issued a statement saying, “Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it …”
Forbs reported at 6:52 p.m that the suspect was identified as 25-year-old Indiana native Noah Green.