Apr 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden orders White House flags at half-staff to honor Capitol officer killed in attack

President Biden.
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President Biden ordered the White House flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, who was killed Friday in a car-ramming attack at the U.S. Capitol.

The big picture: Evans was an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police. Another officer was injured when a male suspect rammed them with a car at a north entrance to the U.S. Capitol. The suspect, who police said brandished a knife as he lunged at officers, was shot and has been pronounced dead.

  • Friday's attack comes less than three months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, in which five people died, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has ordered Capitol flags to half-staff in honor of Evans.

What he's saying: "Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police and left a fellow officer fighting for his life," Biden said in a statement.

  • "We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family and everyone grieving his loss," he said, adding he has been receiving ongoing briefings and will continue to get updates as the investigation continues.
  • "We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there and those who protect it."
  • "I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack."

Of note: Biden is away from D.C. and visiting Camp David. The House and Senate are out of session.

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