On April 2, 2021, United States Capitol Police Officer William Evans was killed when 25-year-old Noah Green attempted to breach a barricade at the U.S. Capitol. Evans was rushed to George Washington University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“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. Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman
After intentionally crashing into Officer Evans and another officer, Green jumped out of his vehicle, knife in hand, and ran at two other Capitol Police officers, stabbing one of them.
One of the officers dropped Noah Green with well-placed gunfire. Green later died at the hospital.
Until he attacked Capitol Police, Noah Green was not known to authorities, nor do they have any idea of Green’s motive for the attack. Police are digging into Green’s background to see if he had a history of mental health issues.
A Washington Post article quoted Noah Green’s brother saying his brother suffered from “hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches and suicidal thoughts that could have been related to drugs or mental illness.”
In a statement released through the Capitol Police, Evans’s family said,
“The outpouring of support we have received from the law enforcement community from around the country and world both humbles us and serves as a testament to Billy’s sacrifice and dedication to the mission of which he was charged.”
The family said Evans spent time with his children: “building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series. He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did. Any opportunity to spend time with his children brightened both their lives and his. Their dad was their hero long before the tragic events of last week.”
“Billy was 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.”
Officer William Evans served with the U.S. Capitol Police for 18 years and was a member of their First Responder’s Unit. He is survived by his mother, his wife and his children, Logan and Abigail.