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Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, who served for 18 years, is dead and another officer is injured after a male suspect rammed them with a car at a north entrance to the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

The state of play: Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Friday that the suspect brandished a knife as he lunged at officers. The officers fired at the suspect, who has since been pronounced dead.

  • The other officer who was struck by the car is stable, according to U.S. Capitol Police.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has ordered Capitol flags to half-staff in honor of Evans. President Biden also ordered the White House flags to be flown at half-staff.
  • A lockdown at the Capitol has been lifted, but the area surrounding the incident will continue to be restricted.

Biden on Friday said in a statement: "[Dr. Biden] 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..."

  • "I have been receiving ongoing briefings from my Homeland Security Advisor, and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds," the president added.

The big picture: Some security fencing was removed a week ago after heightened security following the Jan 6. attack. National Guard members remain at the U.S. Capitol but in smaller numbers. Members of the Guard were seen on Friday deploying toward the Capitol barrier following the incident.

  • As law enforcement responded to the attack, Capitol staff received a text alert from Capitol Police warning them stay away from exterior doors and windows in the Capitol and to "seek cover" if outdoors.

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

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

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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.

Updated Apr 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress "horrified" by vehicle attack at Capitol

Police investigating the scene where a driver drove into a security barrier near the U.S. Capitol on April 2. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Members of Congress said they were "horrified" by Friday's car ramming attack at the U.S. Capitol that left two people dead, including Capitol Police officer William Evans and the suspect, and one officer injured.

Why it matters: Some security fencing was removed a week ago after months of heightened security following the Jan 6. attack at the Capitol. National Guard remains at the U.S. Capitol but in smaller numbers. Members of the Guard were seen on Friday deploying toward the Capitol barrier following the incident.

In photos: Capitol car ramming attack leaves 2 dead

Police investigating the scene where a driver rammed a vehicle into two police officers at the U.S. Capitol on April 02. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A male suspect rammed a vehicle into two Capitol Police officers on Friday at the North Barricade vehicle access point of the U.S. Capitol, sending Congress into a roughly two-hour lockdown.

The state of play: The attack left two dead, including the suspect and one police officer, and another injured. Congress is no longer under lockdown, and the House and Senate were out of session at the time of the attack.