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Members of US Capitol police and national guard walk near the scene after a police officer died Friday Members of US Capitol police and national guard walk near the scene after a police officer died Friday Credit Getty
Ginger Lawrence | 04 April, 2021, 04:06

Capitol Police Officer William Evans died 30 minutes after the attack at the hospital. The suspect was shot by police after he got out of the auto and lunged at officers. President Joe Biden in a statement expressed condolences and said he ordered the White House flag to be lowered at half-mast. "However, I hope it is a comfort to Officer Evans' family and the family of the other Officer harmed in the line of duty that so many are heartbroken and grateful for the officers' courageous protection of the Capitol", Pelosi said.

One officer has died of their injuries, another is in hospital in a "stable and non-threatening condition".

Vice President Kamala Harris condoled the death of the officer, saying that he made the "ultimate sacrifice" to protect the Capitol and the people who work there, reported ANI.

Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, also ordered the United States flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all federal buildings Friday until sunset on April 6 in honor of Evans.

CNN quoted sources from the Federal and local law enforcement stating that the suspect has been identified as Noah Green.

MSNBC erroneously reported Friday that the suspect in Friday's deadly auto attack at the U.S. Capitol was a "white male".

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"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 Police Chief Yogananda Pittman of the US Capitol Police (USCP) said.

Police said Green rammed his auto into the officers at 1:02 p.m. and then exited the vehicle and lunged at them. The National Guard was deployed to the Capitol shortly after the incident to assist Capitol Police officers who were lining the perimeter of the building.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was under lockdown, according to recent reports.

Biden's move followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi making a similar order to lower the flags at the Capitol to half-staff.

Following the January attack, fencing was erected around the Capitol complex and thousands of National Guard troops were sent to Washington.

In January a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in protest at the result of the 2020 presidential election.