Evans’ death was ruled homicidal, according to a statement from the medical examiner’s office.
An 18-year veteran of the force, Evans died while protecting the Capitol from an individual who brandished a knife after ramming his vehicle into a police barricade along the perimeter of the Capitol. Another officer was injured in the attack.
DC Police said Noah Green, 25, rammed a blue sedan over Evans and another officer, who was injured, last Friday shortly before 1 p.m. the third officer shot him when he rushed at the officer. Green later died in a hospital.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced earlier this week that Evans’ body will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda next week.
Pelosi called Evans a “martyr of our democracy” in a statement, adding that his death was “tragic and heroic”.
This sentiment was echoed by President Joe Biden and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who offered condolences to Evans’ family.
“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the grounds of the United States Capitol, which killed Officer William Evans of the United States Capitol Police and left a comrade to fight for his life, “Biden said in a statement.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Officer Evans and to all who mourn his loss. We know how difficult it has been for the Capitol, all who work there and those who protect it,” a- he added.
According to its data, only four Capitol Hill police officers had been killed in the line of duty before this year, but the department is now mourning the loss of one of its own for the second time in almost as many months.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died a day after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “due to injuries sustained while on duty,” Capitol Police said in an earlier statement. Two other police officers committed suicide after responding to the riot, one from the Capitol Police and another from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
It remains to be seen how the most recent attack could impact longer-term plans for security on Capitol Hill, a topic that is under increasing scrutiny as many lawmakers and Staff members were hoping to regain some sense of normalcy despite ongoing congressional inquiries into the failures around. the attack of January 6.
Barbed wire fences that surrounded the Capitol complex for months after pro-Trump rioters stormed the building have since been destroyed and thousands of National Guard troops who had been deployed in response in the insurgency returned home, although thousands remained in Washington and were seen. respond to the attack last Friday.
This story was updated with additional information on Thursday.
CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Lauren Fox, Jessica Dean and David Shortell contributed to this report.