Wounded Capitol Cop Released From Hospital

Wounded Capitol Cop Released From Hospital police inspect crime scene Police inspect the scene where a car crashed into a barrier near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)

By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 05 April 2021 12:30 PM

The U.S. Capitol Police officer who was wounded when a man rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol building Friday afternoon has been released from the hospital, NBC News' "Meet the Press" reported.

On Saturday, USCP Officer Ken Shaver left the hospital to cheers from his colleagues in the department, as shown on video released by "Meet the Press" on Twitter.

Shaver and another officer, William Evans, were both struck by a man, later identified as 25-year-old Noah Green, in a blue sedan who drove his vehicle into the North Barricade at the U.S. Capitol before stepping out of the vehicle with a knife and approaching the two. Green was then shot by at least one officer. The three were taken to the hospital, where Evans and Green both died from their injuries.

"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 in a statement last week. "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."

She added at a press conference that "the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect. He did not respond to verbal commands" and officers "fired upon the suspect" after he lunged at them.

"We do not have the suspect on file with U.S. Capitol Police," said Acting Metro Police Department Chief Robert Contee. "So there is no indication at this time that there is any nexus to any member of Congress."

He added that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism.

President Joe Biden said in a statement after the attack: "Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life. We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it."

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