U.S. Capitol closed due to ‘security threat’
See in this report what is known and what remains to be known about:
- How was the hit and run
- Crime motivation
- Relationship with the invasion of the Capitol or terrorism
- Who were the dead policeman and the injured agent
- What are the repercussions of the case
Police cars in front of the area where the car crashed against US Capitol protection on April 2, 2021 – Photo: Scott Applewhite / AP
According to the Capitol Police, responsible for Congress security, a 25-year-old man identified as Noah Green advanced the car, a Nissan Sentra, towards a security barrier in front of the building. In action, he ran over two policemen.
Then the criminal got out of the car holding a knife. The security agents then fired on the man and managed to stop him.
The two policemen and the perpetrator were taken to different hospitals. Shot, the criminal died moments after the action. Later, the police confirmed that one of the two hit agents, William “Billy” Evans, did not resist his injuries and died in the hospital.
The Associated Press and CNN say, quoting police officers, that the killer even stabbed a police officer. The information has not been confirmed by the authorities, who say the investigation is still ongoing.
Map shows location of incident on Capitol Hill on April 2, 2021 – Photo: G1 Mundo
There is still no information on what led the perpetrator to move the car over the Capitol. It is also not known whether the man had any specific target in the action; whether he wanted to break into the building, run over police officers or hit someone else.
US investigators are investigating whether the criminal had a mental disorder or if they find any evidence as to the motivation for the attack. For this, the authorities will ask for breach of the confidentiality of man’s data on the internet and on social networks.
3. Relationship with the invasion of the Capitol or terrorism
Although there is no information about the criminal’s motivations, the police say there is no evidence that the episode is related with the invasion of the Capitol by extremists who supported then President Donald Trump on January 6. The violence that day left 5 dead, including a policeman.
For now, the authorities also ruled out another terrorist motive for crime.
4. Who were the dead policeman and the injured officer
William ‘Billy’ Evans, police officer killed this Friday (2) after being hit by the Capitol – Photo: USCP / Disclosure
The dead policeman was called William “Billy” Evans. He had served on the Capitol Police since March 2003, according to the corporation.
The identity of the injured police officer has not yet been released. According to a medical report on Friday night, this agent had a health condition considered stable.
5. What are the repercussions of the case
US President Joe Biden mourned the death of Officer Evans in a statement issued by the White House. In the text, he expressed concern about the recent episodes of violence at the headquarters of the American Congress.
“We know it has been a difficult time for the Capitol, for everyone who works there and for those who protect the place,” said Biden.
US flag stands at half-mast on Capitol Hill after police officer died this Friday (2) – Photo: Alex Brandon / AP Photo
Biden also said that the National Security Council is updating the president on the investigations. In addition, he ordered the White House flags to be at half-mast.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also deplored the crime and praised the police action. “Today, once again, these heroes have risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our country, with the same altruism and spirit of service seen on January 6,” said the Democrat, referring to the Trumpists’ invasion of Congress.
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