Evans, an 18-year-old Capitol Police veteran, died 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.
“The United States Congress joins with all Americans in mourning the tragic death of one of our Capitol Police heroes, Officer Billy Evans,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. “By giving his life to protect our Capitol and our country, Officer Evans has become a martyr for our democracy. On behalf of all of Congress, we are deeply grateful.”
“It is now the great and solemn privilege of the House of Representatives and the Senate to convey the appreciation and sorrow of Congress and the country for the heroic sacrifice of Officer Evans with a ceremony of lying in the State Capitol -United, ”Pelosi and Schumer said in their statement.
Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D.
“It has been an extremely difficult time for the United States Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today. I therefore ask you to keep our Capitol Police family from United States in your thoughts and prayers, ”Pittman said on April 2.
Capitol Police Union President Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement on Saturday that Capitol Police are staffed below their authorized level of 233 officers and may face greater staff shortages when officers take over. their retirement in the years to come. Papathanasiou noted that the shortage is exacerbated by the continued injuries to several officers during the January 6 attack.
Evans is the second Capitol Hill police officer to die in the line of study this year. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick died a day after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “due to injuries sustained while on duty,” Capitol Police said in a statement. Two officers also died by suicide after responding to the riot.