President Joe Biden led a series of tributes to Capitol Police officer William ‘Billy’ Evans on Friday after Evans was murdered while on duty.
He and Jill Biden offered their condolences, and the president ordered the flag in the White House lowered to half the staff.
Capitol police officer Billy Evans was murdered on Friday
We offer our sincere condolences to Agent Evans’ family and all those who are mourning his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, for everyone who works there and for those who protect it, ” Biden said in a statement.
I want to express national thanks to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force and others who responded quickly to this attack. As we mourn the loss of another brave Capitol Police officer, I have ordered the White House flags lowered at half mast, ”he said.
Biden ordered flags on all public buildings and grounds until sunset, April 6, 2021.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi also ordered the flags at the US Capitol to be flown half-staff in honor of Evans.
Evans died after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the Capitol, officials said.
Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force.
It is with deep sadness that I share the news of Officer William “Billy” Evans’s death this afternoon from injuries sustained in an attack on the North Barricade by a lone assailant. Agent Evans was a member of the Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the First Responder’s Unit of the Capitol Division. Keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers, ”Deputy Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement.
Pelosi called Evans “a martyr for our democracy.”
May we always remember the heroism of those who gave their lives to defend our democracy. May it be a comfort to Officer Evans’s family that so many mourn and pray for them during this sad time, ”she said in a statement.
At 1:02 p.m., the driver plowed his blue Nissan Altima through the barrier at the Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill, crushing the two officers before emerging with a knife. He then fell on other officers in the area, ignored orders, and was shot. The suspect died in a hospital.
Members of Congress took to Twitter to offer condolences and thank the police for their service.
Friday’s incident comes less than three months after the MAGA riot on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, where Officer Brian Sicknick died of injuries sustained in the attack and two officers committed suicide in the aftermath. Sicknick had also lowered flags in his honor, and his remains were laid out in the Capitol rotunda.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags on the Capitol to be flown at half-staff on Friday in tribute to US Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans who died while on duty
The suspect rammed a car into a security barrier on Capitol Hill on Friday and hit two officers in the process
Congress did not meet on Friday, so lawmakers were back in their home state instead of the Capitol.
“I am heartbroken for the officer murdered today in defense of our Capitol and for his family. I pray for the injured officer and his family. We have their debts. We thank the Capitol Police, National Guard and emergency responders for everything they do to protect the Capitol and those inside, ”wrote Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer.
“I’m devastated that Officer William F. Evans was killed defending the Capitol. His name will go down in history for his selfless sacrifice, ”Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. The Senate is praying hard for the second wounded officer and for Officer Evans’ family and friends. We cannot be more grateful for the professionalism and heroism of the officers who neutralized this threat at the checkpoint and for the entire USCP force, who have endured so much in just a few months. And we thank all other care providers who quickly arrived on the scene. ‘
Please pray with me for the two Capitol Police officers and their families. They responded quickly and bravely, just like all other emergency responders on the scene. The whole country is pulling for them right now, ‘wrote House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“My thoughts are with these brave officers and their families. They have made a huge sacrifice in recent months and we are forever indebted to them, ”said California Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell.
We pray for the two involved USCP officers and the safety of all our great men and women in blue, who are all protecting us every day. #BackTheBlue, ‘wrote Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia.
“Great gratitude for those who protect and protect our nation’s Capitol, and deep sorrow for Officer Billy Evans who lost his life in the process,” tweeted Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah.
Heidi and I express our condolences to the loss of one of the US Capitol Police’s best. We continue to pray for the second officer in the hospital. Thanks to all the brave men and women of the US Capitol Police, ”wrote Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.
“Thanks to the Capitol Police for your dedication to protecting our Capitol. My wife and I are deeply saddened by the death of this officer and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded. Please keep those who protect and serve in your thoughts and prayers, ”Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted.