Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Capitol was briefly locked down after a person reportedly rammed a vehicle into multiple Capitol Hill police officers. One officer was killed and one was wounded. The suspect who exited the vehicle with a knife was fatally shot. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Capitol was briefly locked down after a person reportedly rammed a vehicle into multiple Capitol Hill police officers. One officer was killed and one was wounded. The suspect who exited the vehicle with a knife was fatally shot. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON—One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement.

    The officer who died was identified as Officer William “Billy” Evans by police. “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,” said said Yogananda Pittman, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.

    Ariana Figueroa
    Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance. Before joining States Newsroom, Ariana covered public health and chemical policy on Capitol Hill for E&E News. As a Florida native, she's worked for the Miami Herald and her hometown paper, the Tampa Bay Times. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and NPR. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.