Police Motorcade Escorts Body of Slain US Capitol Officer

A Capitol Police officer was killed and a second officer was injured after being rammed by a vehicle on Friday, April 2. The suspect in the vehicle attack was shot by officers when he lunged at them with a knife.

US Capitol Police acting chief Yogananda Pittman confirmed the suspect had rammed a barricade at a Capitol checkpoint and ignored commands before charging an officer with a knife. The suspect was shot and transported to the hospital, where he “succumbed to his injuries around 1:30 pm,” an official statement read.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags at the US Capitol be lowered to half-staff in the memory of the officer who was killed. He was identified as William Evans. He had served with the Capitol Police force since 2003, officials said.

Footage taken by James Harnett shows law enforcement with the Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police, Park Police, and Secret Service escorting Evans’s body from George Washington University Hospital on Friday afternoon. Harnett said police at the hospital told him that the black vehicle toward the start of the procession was a DC Medical Examiner’s van carrying Evans’s body.

Capitol Police said the investigation into the incident was “still ongoing.” Credit: James Harnett via Storyful