Suspect in U.S. Capitol attack suffered delusions

Capitol police say a suspect rammed a vehicle into officers before lunging at them with a knife

Biden said that he knows what a hard time it's been for the Capitol and all who work there and protect it. Friday's incident came about three months after the January 6 insurrection that killed a Capitol police officer and four other people.

An attack at the US Capitol complex in Washington DC has left one police officer dead and another seriously injured.

"It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William "Billy" Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant", Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement released late Friday afternoon. According to the agency, the Green exited the vehicle with a knife and ran toward other officers, who shot him.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and his wife were heartbroken to learn of the attack and expressed condolences to Evans' family.

The police are investigating the motive behind the attack, and at present it is not considered to be terrorist-related. The suspect died after being shot by the police.

They added: "We are in contact with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation". He was a member of the first responders unit and an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Authorities installed a giant fence around the Capitol perimeter and for months restricted traffic along the roads closest to the building, but they had begun pulling back some of the emergency measures.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags lowered to half-staff on the Capitol, calling Evans "a martyr for our democracy".

The suspect in Friday's U.S. Capitol attack has ties to West Virginia and recently submitted a request to change his name in an in court.

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a vehicle that crashed into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021.

On January 7, hundreds of supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol complex as members of the Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential elections, which Biden won.

Five people died in the January 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off the intruders.

Both officers were also taken to hospital, where one also died.

The Congress is in recess and most lawmakers are away.

He also said he was a follower of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, who promotes Black nationalist, anti-white and anti-Semitic thinking.



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