The US Capitol cop killed by a maniac who slammed into officers outside the building Friday was identified as 18-year veteran William Evans.
“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 U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said.
Evans joined the department in 2003 and served as a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) commended Evans for his “heroic” actions Friday, calling him a “martyr for our democracy.”
“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our Country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6,” Pelosi said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful.
“May we always remember the heroism of those who have given their lives to defend our Democracy. May it be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans that so many mourn with them and pray for them at this sad time.”
Noah Green, 25, a Nation of Islam devotee who is also dead, plowed into Evans and another unnamed cop just after 1 p.m. Friday.
The other officer is recovering at a nearby hospital.