Police officer and suspect dead after latest Capitol attack

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A POLICE OFFICER AND A SUSPECT ARE DEAD, FOLLOWING AN ATTACK ON THE U.S. CAPITOL.

OFFICER WILLIAM EVANS DIED AFTER A VEHICLE WAS RAMMED INTO A POLICE BARRICADE. HE WAS AN 18-YEAR-OLD VETERAN OF THE FORCE. ANOTHER OFFICER IS RECEIVING HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR NON-LIFE- THREATENING INJURIES. FLAGS AT THE CAPITOL AND WHITE HOUSE HAVE BEEN LOWERED TO HALF STAFF. THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 25-YEAR-OLD NOAH GREENE OF INDIANA.

OFFICIALS SAY HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED AFTER CHARGING AT OFFICERS WITH A KNIFE. THE ENTIRE CAPITOL COMPLEX WAS PUT ON KNOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN, STREETS WERE BLOCKED OFF, SWATS AND THE NATIONAL GUARD ASCENDED ON THE SCENE. IT HAS BROUGHT FLASHBACKS FOR MANY OF THE VIOLENT INSURRECTION ON THE CAPITOL ON JANUARY 6. THE LATEST ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO FRIDAY’S INCIDENT. THE LATEST ATTACK ON THE CAPITAL WAS JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE BUILDING ITSELF.

IS BLUE, FOUR-DOOR SEDAN, RAN OVER TWO POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE SLAMMING INTO A BARRICADE. POLICE SAY THE DRIVER GOT OUT WITH A KNIFE AND ATTACKED OFFICERS ON THE SCENE, STABBING ONE IN THE FACE. THE SUSPECT EXITED THE VEHICLE WITH A KNIFE IN HAND. OUR OFFICERS THEN ENGAGED THAT SUSPECT. HE DID NOT RESPOND TO VERBAL COMMANDS.

THE SUSPECT DID START LUNGING TOWARD U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS, AT WHICH TIME U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS FIRED UPON THE SUSPECT.

THAT SUSPECT, 25- YEAR-OLD NOAH GREENE, ORIGINALLY FROM INDIANA, IS DEAD. SO IS ONE OF THE POLICE OFFICERS, IDENTIFIED THIS AFTERNOON AS WILLIAM EVANS, AN 18 YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE, WHO WAS MEMORIALIZED THIS AFTERNOON BY A PROCESSION THROUGH THE STREETS.

ANOTHER OFFICER IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. POLICE AND NATIONAL GUARD SWARMED THE AREA AFTER THE INCIDENT UNFOLDED, LOOKING FOR OTHER SUSPECTS. A POLICE HELICOPTER WAS SEEN LANDING ON THE GROUNDS.

GREEN IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY ATTACKER. IT IS NOT SEEM TO BE TERRORISM RELATED. THE SHOOTING HAPPENED ONE BLOCK FROM THE CAPITOL. THE AREA HAD BEEN LOCKED DOWN FOR MOST OF THE LAST THREE MONTHS, FOLLOWING THE JANUARY 60 SOLD. THE LARGE SECURITY PERIMETER WAS SCALED BACK IN JUST THE LAST FEW WEEKS HERE AT THE CAPITOL POLICE WERE HIGHLY CRITICIZED FOR THEIR LAX PREPARATION AND FOR NOT HEEDING INTELLIGENCE WARNINGS AHEAD OF THE ATTACKS.

ONE OFFICER DIED FOLLOWING THE ASSAULT AND ONE OTHER DIED BY SUICIDE. THE DAY ACTING POLICE CHIEF BECAME EMOTIONAL WHEN ADDRESSING HOW DIFFICULT THIS YEAR HAS BEEN FOR THE FORCE. THIS HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TIME FOR U.S. CAPITOL POLICE.

I ASKED THAT YOU KEEP OUR CAPITOL POLICE FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

JEFF IS OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL AND HE JOINS ME NOW. WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS IN THIS INVESTIGATION? WELL, INVESTIGATORS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT MOTIVATED THIS MAN TO ATTACK THIS BARRICADE BEHIND ME AND THESE OFFICERS, ONE OF WHOM WAS KILLED OUT HERE. INVESTIGATORS WILL BE LOOKING AT HIS ELECTRONIC DEVICES, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THERE WAS A SOCIAL MEDIA FOOTPRINT THERE THAT MIGHT PERHAPS LEAD TO SOME CLUES ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATED THIS INCIDENT AND TRY TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANYONE AROUND HIM, ANY ACQUAINTANCES WHO KNEW HE WAS UP TO SOMETHING THAT TURNED OUT TO BE THIS ATTACK AT THE CAPITOL TODAY.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF THEM. HOWEVER, THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT TODAY, GIVEN THAT THIS ATTACK JUST HAPPENED. THE FACT THAT THEY KNOW WHO THE SUSPECT WAS ESSENTIALLY A BIG DEVELOPMENT FOR THEM. POLICE AND NATIONAL GUARD WERE QUICK TO RESPOND. HOW DID THE JANUARY 6 ATTACK ACTUALLY CHANGE SECURITY ON THE HILL?

IT CHANGED EVERYTHING ON THE HILL. IT IS JUST THREE MONTHS AGO THAT THIS CAPITOL COMPLEX WAS ATTACKED HERE. THIS INSURRECTION THAT LED TO FATALITIES THAT LED TO LESSONS, NOT ONLY THAT LAWMAKERS LEARNED, CERTAINLY THAT CAPITOL POLICE HAVE LEARNED.

YOU HAVE WHAT WAS AN INCREASED PRESENCE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS THAT HAS DWINDLED DOWN QUITE A BIT. YOU STILL SEE THEM DOWN IN THIS AREA, AS WELL AS HEAVENLY ARM POLICE.

SECURITY HAS CHANGED QUITE A BIT. HOWEVER, WITH THOSE FENCES DOWN , AND YOU KNOW THIS WAS AN AREA SURROUNDED BY FENCES FOR A TIME THERE, IT CERTAINLY LOOKED LIKE A FORTRESS. THOSE FENCES ARE NO LONGER HERE . SOME ARE WONDERING NOW, WHETHER THOSE FENCES MAY HAVE PREVENTED THIS ATTACK. SO MANY PEOPLE WERE EAGER TO SEE THAT SECURITY FENCING ERECTED AFTER THE INSURRECTION AT THE CAPITOL REMOVED, AND THAT JUST HAPPENED OBVIOUSLY LAST WEEK.

COULDN’T WE SEE MORE PROTECTION AGAIN BEING RESTORED TO THE CAPITOL, GIVEN THIS RECENT ATTACK? YOU KNOW, THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION WHETHER SECURITY OFFICIALS HERE WILL DECIDE TO RETREAT, IF YOU WILL, CHANGE TACTICS, DECIDING TO TAKE THE FENCES AWAY, OR WILL THEY BRING THEM BACK. WE WILL HAVE TO GO SEE WHAT THE REACTION IS NOW. CLEARLY, WHEN YOU HAVE AN INCIDENT LIKE THIS, THERE WILL BE A LOOK AT HOW SECURITY HELD UP TO THE THREAT THAT WAS HERE.

THE REALITY IS, THIS CAPITOL COMPLEX IS FACING MORE THREATS THAN EVER BEFORE POSTED JANUARY 6th AND MANY OF THEM ARE COMING FROM INDIVIDUALS, ACCORDING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THE TYPES OF LOAN ACTORS THAT ARE HARD TO STOP. THAT SEEMS TO BE WHAT WE SAW HERE TODAY. YET, DEFINITELY A CONCERN. WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THEY NOTIFIED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OF A HEIGHTENED THREAT ENVIRONMENT THAT CONTINUED FOLLOWING THE JANUARY 6 ATTACKS.

HOW ARE OFFICIALS CHARACTERIZING OUR COUNTRY’S LEVELS RIGHT NOW? THERE IS A HEIGHTENED THREAT LEVEL, IN FACT, WE SAW IT IN THE RUN AFTER JANUARY 6 AND IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AFTER, THIS CHATTER ONLINE. YOU HAVE ALL SORTS OF GROUPS INTENT ON CAUSING PROBLEMS, ATTACKING THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, ATTACKING THE OTHER KEY LOCATIONS. SO, LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS HAD ITS HANDS FULL, NOT ONLY DEALING WITH THE POTENTIAL THREATS, ALSO DEALING WITH THE PEOPLE WHO STORMED THE CAPITOL ON JANUARY 6th. AS YOU KNOW, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 400 PLUS ARRESTS.

THERE WILL BE MORE TO COME. THEY CHECK DOWN THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THAT INSURRECTION, IT IS ALSO LEADING TO NEW INFORMATION ON OTHER POTENTIAL THREATS, WHETHER THIS PERSON WHO CARRIED OUT THIS ATTACK TODAY IS TIED TO ANY OF THOSE THREATS, WE DO

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