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If you don't want to scream at the TV, do NOT listen to Seth Molten or however you spell it.
 

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He is a local boy.


The U.S. Capitol Police officer killed Friday when a man rammed a car into officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol was a “terrific dad” and “hometown hero” who hailed from western Massachusetts, officials said.

Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit. It’s the force’s second line-of-duty death this year, after Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was killed in the Jan. 6 riot.

Evans was a North Adams native and a father to a young son and daughter, said North Adams City Councillor Jason LaForest, a childhood friend of Evans.

“Billy had an amazing sense of humor. He was always cracking jokes,” LaForest told the Herald.

“Above all he was a terrific dad and loved being a dad even more than he loved being a Capitol Police officer,” which LaForest described as “his dream job.”

“I don’t think he expected not to come home from work tonight and certainly not to meet this tragic end,” LaForest said. “He would just want people to know he was a great guy who loved his kids and loved serving his country.”

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard tweeted that Evans was raised in the city and Clarksburg, and was a graduate of Drury High School.

“He is indeed a hometown hero and a patriot who risked and sadly lost his life to protect our country,” U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said in a statement. “We are a grateful nation in mourning. This evening, my thoughts are with his family and friends who are grieving his untimely passing.”

Evans was killed and another Capitol police officer was injured in the apparent attack on Friday afternoon that sent shockwaves across D.C. and the country less than three months after rioters laid siege to the complex.

The driver of the crashed car emerged with a knife in his hand and started “lunging” toward the officers, Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a press conference. Authorities shot and killed the suspect.

“I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said.

President Biden ordered White House flags to half-staff. He and his wife, Jill, sent “heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed Evans as a “martyr for our democracy.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was “heartbroken.”

Authorities have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green, who the New York Times and New York Post report described himself on Facebook as a follower of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The Capitol was plunged into lockdown for a time as a precaution, though authorities said there was no ongoing threat. Both chambers of Congress are in recess.

The apparent attack did not appear to be related to terrorism, nor was there an immediate connection apparent between Friday’s crash and the Jan. 6 riot.

But U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said it shows the Capitol remains a target, and serves as a stark reminder “that we have heroes who put their lives on the line every day to protect all of us.”

“Having vehicles run into checkpoints and attack Americans was an almost everyday experience in Iraq. It was something I was prepared for as a United States Marine defending democracy in a country that had never had it,” Moulton, an Iraq War veteran, said. “It’s not something I even imagined dealing with as a United States congressman.”

The tragedy prompted an outpouring of condolences from lawmakers and members of the law enforcement community.

The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association tweeted, “Horrible news out of our nation’s capital. Another US Capitol police officer killed in the line of duty. The attacks against police officers must end.”

Herald wire services contributed to this report.





Police Officer Billy Evans was struck and killed by a vehicle whose driver was attempting to breach a barricade at the United States Capitol.

Officer Evans and other officers were stationed outside of the north vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue when the driver intentionally drove into Officer Evans and a second officer. The driver then exited the car after crashing into a retractable barricade and attempted to attack other officers with a knife. The man was shot and killed at the scene.

Officer Evans was transported to a nearby hospital in a patrol car but died a short time later.

Officer Evans had served with the United States Capitol Police for 18 years.
 

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USCP Officer William Evans Will Lie In Honor Inside U.S. Capitol Rotunda After His Murder By Black Nationalist


Washington, DC – U.S. Capitol police officer who was murdered by a black nationalist who rammed his vehicle into a security barricade on April 2 will lie in honor inside the US. Capitol Rotunda next week.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that a ceremony honoring USCP Officer William “Billy” Evans will be held on April 13, WCVB reported.
“In giving his life to protect our Capitol and our Country, Officer Evans became a martyr for our democracy. On behalf of the entire Congress, we are profoundly grateful,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement to CBS News.

“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,” they said.
The ceremony will take place on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol at 10:30 a.m., and will followed by a congressional tribute ceremony, CBS News reported.
Officer Evans’ fellow officers will be invited for a viewing at 12 p.m., and members of Congress will be welcomed from noon until 6 p.m.
A ceremonial departure will take place at 6:30 p.m., according to CBS News.


“Congress joins all Americans in sadness and appreciation for the service and heroic sacrifice of Officer Billy Evans,” Schumer tweeted. “He gave his life to protect our Capitol and we are forever in his debt. @SpeakerPelosi and I are announcing that he will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.”
Pelosi and Schumer said they hope the tribute will help to comfort Officer Evans’ family – especially his two young children, CBS News reported.
“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,” their statement read.


U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said the attack that led to Officer Evans’ death occurred at about 1:02 p.m. on April 2 when a man drove his vehicle into a security barricade on the U.S. Senate side of the Capitol building, NBC News reported.


The police chief said that the driver struck two officers with his vehicle – one of whom was Officer Evans – and rammed the barricade.
Then he jumped out of his car brandishing a knife at the officers, according to Chief Pittman.
Sources said the suspect had a knife with a very large blade, NBC News reported.
“Our officers then engaged that suspect,” she told reporters. “He did not respond to verbal commands. The suspect did start lunging toward U.S. Capitol Police officers, at which time, U.S. Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect. At this time, the suspect has bene pronounced deceased.”


“Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were transported to two different hospitals, and it is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Chief Pittman announced with tears in her eyes.
The USCP later tweeted that the second officer who was hit in the attack was hospitalized “in stable and non-threatening condition.”
He has since been identified as USCP Officer Ken Shaver, CBS News reported.
Officer Shaver was released from the hospital on Saturday.


Officer Evans succumbed to his injuries at George Washington University Hospital, the Daily Mail reported.
He served the USCP for 18 years.




“He loved being a Capitol Police officer,” his childhood friend, Brendan Bullett, told WCBV. “That was his dream and that was where he wanted to retire from.”
Officer Evans graduated from Western New England University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice prior to launching into his law enforcement career, according to the news outlet.


Another longtime friend, Jason LaForest, said Officer Evans “died a hero’s death,” WCVB reported. “It wasn’t something he was looking for and, certainly, we would much rather have him with us.”
Officer Evans’ family released a statement calling him “the best father, son, brother, and friend anyone could ever hope for.”
His young children, Logan and Abigail, were the most important things in his life.
“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the statement read. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did. Any opportunity to spend time with his children brightened both their lives and his. Their dad was their hero long before the tragic events of last week.”


Officer Evans was proud to serve as a USCP officer, and valued the relationships he had with his fellow North Barricade officers.
“Their friendship was one of the best parts of his job. We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief,” the Evans family said.
 
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