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One police officer, suspect dead after US Capitol car attack

Published on April 3, 2021 2:43 AM
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STORY BY NICHOLAS WU AND ANDREW DESIDERIO

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Capitol car attack, officer found dead

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Capitol Police officer died and another was seriously injured on Friday after a driver rammed a vehicle into a barricade outside the building, officials said.

The suspect, who was later pronounced dead, crashed into the two officers on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol just after 1 p.m. The driver then exited the vehicle and brandished a knife, prompting officers to shoot the driver. Both of the officers and the suspect were transported to a nearby hospital.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman later identified the fallen officer as William F. Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force who was part of the First Responder's Unit. The Capitol Police said the other officer struck by the car, who has not yet been publicly identified, was in "stable and non-threatening condition."

Evans' death rocked a force already reeling since the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol that left another officer, Brian Sicknick, dead. Two officers who responded to that assault later died by suicide, in what their families have said was a direct result of the impact of the Jan. 6 attack.

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