NY Congressmen respond to U.S. Capitol incident that left one officer dead and another injured

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) — Congressmen from New York are responding to the incident at the U.S. Capitol Friday afternoon that left a Capitol police officer dead after a car rammed into two officers at a barricade.

The United States Capitol Police identified the officer who died as William ‘Billy’ Evans, who had been a member of the Capitol Police for 18 years.

“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. 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.”

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman

A second officer was hospitalized from the incident with injuries.

United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a tweet that he’s heartbroken for the officer and his family.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs released a statement asking everyone to join him in prayer for the fallen officers family and the other injured officer.

“I’m heartbroken at the loss of a United States Capitol Police Officer. I ask everyone to join me in praying for the fallen officer’s family and the injured Capitol Police officer. God Bless the United States Capitol Police.”

U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs (R-NY)

U.S. Representative Brian Higgins said his heart goes out to the Capitol Police and the families of those affected.

U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY)

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