The U.S. Capitol Police officer who was killed in a car-ramming attack will lie in honor in the Capitol rotunda on April 13.
Officer William Evans, an 18-year veteran of the department, was pronounced dead Friday after Noah Green, 25, allegedly plowed his vehicle into a barricade outside the Capitol and hopped out wielding a knife. Green was shot dead by law enforcement during the incident that prompted a full-scale lockdown.
Evans will be given the rare tribute to lie in the Capitol rotunda, which is usually reserved for high-ranking U.S. political figures and foreign dignitaries, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.
“It is now the great and solemn privilege of the House of Representatives and the Senate to convey the appreciation and the sadness of the Congress and Country for the heroic sacrifice of Officer Evans with a lying-in-honor ceremony in the U.S. Capitol,” the two Democrats said in a statement. “It is our hope that this tribute will be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans, particularly his children Logan and Abigail, as will the knowledge that so many Americans mourn with and pray for them at this sad time. May this tribute also be a source of comfort and an expression of gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police Force, which has awed our nation with their courage and resilience during this devastating time.”
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Pelosi previously ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol to honor Evans, and President Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and at all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels throughout the United States and its territories until sunset Tuesday.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman announced Evans's death with "profound sadness" on Good Friday.
“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," she said in a statement. "Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Officer Ken Shaver, another officer who was wounded in the assault, was discharged from a Washington, D.C., medical facility in a wheelchair Saturday and was met with cheers from uniformed law enforcement and other bystanders.
The attack remains under investigation.
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Details from Green's apparent Facebook account, which has since been taken down, indicated he had recently lost his job and appeared to be a follower of the Nation of Islam, a black separatist group led by Louis Farrakhan.
Evans will become the second Capitol Police officer to lie in honor in the rotunda after Brian Sicknick was given the tribute on Feb. 2. Sicknick was initially thought to have been struck and killed by a fire extinguisher during the Jan. 6 riot, but authorities with knowledge of the matter have yet to release definitive details of his death.