Calls are growing to ramp up security once again at the US Capitol and enhance training after a policeman was killed and another injured in a auto ramming attack. "The suspect was also transported by DC Fire and EMS to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 1:30 pm", the police said.
Earlier Friday, the Capitol went on lockdown after a vehicle rammed into an outside barricade and injured two officers.
President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and his wife were heartbroken to learn of the attack and expressed condolences to Evans' family.
"I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers", Pittman said.
Nearly 140 Capitol Police officers were wounded in that attack, including officers not issued helmets who sustained head injuries and one with cracked ribs, according to the officers' union.
She said Evans was a member of the division's First Responder's Unit.
Vice President Kamala Harris condoled the death of the officer, saying that he made the "ultimate sacrifice" to protect the Capitol and the people who work there, reported ANI. He directed flags at the White House to be lowered to half-staff. They identified the suspect as Noah Green, 25.
Officer William Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, was killed after Noah Green, 25, ploughed his vehicle into a security barrier on Capitol Hill on Friday afternoon before leaping out with a knife.
"The man exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward our officers". He was 41 years old and served for almost two decades in the US Capitol Police Force.
During the network's 2 p.m. ET program "Katy Tur Reports", NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams provided reporting on the then-unidentified suspect, who had just died, Fox News reported. One USCP officer was transported by a USCP cruiser to the hospital.
In a statement emailed to Insider, a spokesperson said: "After this horrific event, our thoughts are with the Capitol Police and their loved ones".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed Evans as a "martyr for our democracy", while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "heartbroken".
In January a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in protest at the result of the 2020 presidential election.
On Friday, National Guard troops were mobilised and the staff at the Capitol were told to seek cover shortly after the attack took place.
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