SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Capitol Police officer has been killed after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife.
The suspect died at a hospital. Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.
“The Capitol Police officers were tirelessly doing their job as they always do and it’s just so sad to hear this and just so upsetting to hear it,” Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) told News 3. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to all those who are impacted.”
Authorities said the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism. The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress was on recess.
It came as the Washington region remained on edge nearly three months after a mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said violence anywhere is horrifying, disappointing and distressing.
“I am distraught over the people who are on Capitol Hill right now, the staff who are working, the Capitol Hill police who are there to protect us and everybody that works on the Hill,” she added.
Other local lawmakers weighed in on Twitter:
The Associated Press contributed