U.S. Capitol attack suspect is former Christopher Newport University football player

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Sierra Jenkins, The Virginian-Pilot
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A 25-year-old former Christopher Newport University football player allegedly rammed a car into two police officers and a barricade Friday at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Capitol’s acting police chief, Yogananda Pittman, Noah Green drove a car into a barricade then emerged from the vehicle with a knife and ran toward two police officers. One officer died and another was injured in the incident. Green was shot and later died in the hospital, Pittman said during a news briefing.

Pittman said Officer William “Billy” Evans died as a result of his injuries. He served with Capitol Police for 18 years and was a member of the First Responder’s Unit.

NBC reporter Pete Williams was the first to identify Green as the suspect after receiving information from law enforcement officials.

A CNU spokesperson confirmed in a news release that this was the same Green who had played football at the school in 2017 and 2018.

Green, according to CNU’s football roster, was born in Fairlea, West Virginia, and grew up in Covington, Virginia.

He was a member of the football and track teams at Alleghany High School and was named the football team’s most valuable player in 2013. He later went to college at Glenville State University in Glenville, West Virginia, where he was a sprinter on the track and field team and a defensive back for the football team.

Green graduated from CNU in 2019 with a degree in finance, according to the school’s news release.

Matt Kelchner, CNU’s head football coach in 2016, referred all inquiries on Green to the school’s public relations department.

The New York Times reported that Green on March 17 posted on a social media site a photo of a donation he made to Norfolk’s Nation of Islam chapter and a video of the Louis Farrakhan speech “The Divine Destruction of America.”

The Pilot could not immediately reach a representative of the local Nation of Islam chapter.

The New York Times also reported that Green, who most recently lived in Indiana, petitioned to change his name to Noah Zaeem Muhammad in December but didn’t show up for his hearing in Indianapolis last Tuesday.

Staff writers Greg Giesen, Gary Harki, Sean Kennedy, Brian Colligan, Mary O’Brien and Jonathan Edwards contributed to this story.

Sierra Jenkins, sierra.jenkins@virginiamedia.com

Matt Jones, mjones@dailypress.com