Officer Killed, Suspect Shot To Death At U.S. Capitol

A veteran Capitol Police officer was killed. The suspect was shot and killed by police. CBS2's Ali Bauman reports.

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DICK BRENNAN: We begin with that breaking news tonight in our nation's capital. A veteran Capitol Police officer has been killed, another officer wounded and is in the hospital tonight. The suspect was shot and killed by police.

KRISTINE JOHNSON This happened around 1:00 this afternoon, after police say the suspect drove his car into a barrier on the north side of the Capitol. We also just learned that the officer who was killed is William Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force.

DICK BRENNAN: CBS 2's Ali Bauman has been following this story for us all afternoon. She joins us now with more. Ali?

ALI BAUMAN: Dick and Kristine, police say there is no ongoing threat at this time. US Capitol Police officer William Evans was killed, another officer is hospitalized, and the suspect is dead. Investigators say right now the attack does not appear to be terrorism-related, but at this hour they do not know the motive.

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Cell phone video captures the chaotic scene near a security checkpoint at the US Capitol Friday afternoon. First responders rushed to an ambulance with a stretcher after police say a suspect rammed a car into two US Capitol Police officers, then crashed into the north barricade barrier just after 1:00 PM.

YOGANANDA PITTMAN: The suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect. He did not respond to verbal commands. The suspect did start lunging toward US Capitol Police officers, at which time US Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect.

ALI BAUMAN: The suspect was pronounced dead, and two US Capitol Police officers were taken to area hospitals.

YOGANANDA PITTMAN: And it is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers had succumbed to his injuries.

ALI BAUMAN: Officer William Evans had 18 years with US Capitol Police. Authorities say the suspect is a male American not previously known to police or on any watch lists, and appears to be a single actor. Police say there is no indication of a nexus to any member of Congress.

Congress was already on recess when the Capitol went on lockdown. Representative Andrew Garbarino told us this.

REP. ANDREW GABARINO: We started receiving text messages from Capitol Police warning us of an exterior threat, to stay where we were.

ALI BAUMAN: This afternoon, Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted, "I'm heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family." And Senator Chris Murphy said, "Every day I feel incredibly grateful for the brave Capitol Police officers who protect us. Today is another gut punch."

This comes just three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, killing Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

YOGANANDA PITTMAN: This has been an extremely difficult time for US Capitol Police.

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ALI BAUMAN: CBS News is reporting the suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Noah Green of Indiana. US Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police are still processing the scene and investigating. Kristine and Dick?

KRISTINE JOHNSON All right Ali, thank you. Also, President Biden just releasing a statement on what happened today, sending his condolences to Officer Evans's his family, and also expressing his gratitude for the Capitol Police Department. The president also ordered flags at the White House to be lowered to half staff.