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Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Capitol Police officer Billy Evans, who was killed last Friday in a vehicle attack on the Capitol, will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on April 13, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday.

What they're saying: "In giving his life to protect our Capitol and our Country, Officer Evans became a martyr for our democracy," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.

  • "It is our hope that this tribute will be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans, particularly his children Logan and Abigail, as will the knowledge that so many Americans mourn and pray for them at this sad time," they added.
  • "May this tribute also be a source of comfort and an expression of gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police Force, which has awed our nation with their courage and resilience during this devastating time."

The big picture: Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, died last week after a suspect rammed into Capitol Police officers with a car at an entrance to the U.S. Capitol.

  • Capitol Police was already struggling after losing two officers in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection — one as a result of injuries sustained during the riot and another by suicide.
  • After the second attack, the Capitol Police union chief said the force is approaching "a crisis in morale and force numbers."

What they're saying: "Billy was so proud to be a United States Capitol Police Officer. His colleagues from the North Barricade were the people he spent so many hours with, and their friendship was one of the best parts of his job. We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief," Evans' family wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

  • "Our family is grateful for the immense level of support we have received from USCP in the darkest moment of our lives," they added.

What to watch: Evans will receive a ceremonial arrival next Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. on the East Front of the Capitol, according to Pelosi and Schumer.

Go deeper: Capitol security task force leader urges Congress to boost resources

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Feds negotiating plea deal with man charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Federal prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal with an Indiana man charged with attacking Capitol police on Jan. 6, a federal court filing disclosed on Monday shows.

Why it matters: The government’s ongoing plea negotiations with Jon Schaffer "are the first and most advanced plea negotiations involving any of the over 300 Capitol Riot defendants," Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ahmed Baset and Louis Manzo wrote in the brief, which was published publicly and then quickly removed from the docket BuzzFeed News reported.

Minneapolis police chief: Chauvin "absolutely" violated department policies

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo. Photo courtesy of NBC News.

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said Monday "sanctity of life is absolutely vital" when considering the use of force and that former police officer Derek Chauvin "absolutely" violated department policies in his use of force on George Floyd.

Why it matters: In the second week of Chauvin's trial, Arradondo described a departmental culture at odds with Chauvin's behavior when he kneeled on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes.

In photos: Students evacuated as wildfire burns historic Cape Town buildings

Firefighters try, in vain, to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town, after a forest fire came down the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

A massive wildfire spread from the foothills of Table Mountain to the University of Cape Town Sunday, burning historic South African buildings and forcing the evacuation of 4,000 students, per Times Live.

The big picture: Visitors to the Table Mountain National Park and other nearby attractions were also evacuated and several roads including a major highway, were closed. South Africa's oldest working windmill and the university's Jagger Library, which houses SA antiquities, are among the buildings damaged.