Published: Sun, April 04, 2021
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Deadly breach could delay decisions on U.S. Capitol fencing

Deadly breach could delay decisions on U.S. Capitol fencing

The incident began Friday when Green rammed his vehicle into the north barricade of the U.S. Capitol near the Russell Senate Office Building.

Facebook has confirmed that it removed the account of Noah Green, who multiple outlets identified as the suspect in Friday's attack at the Capitol, which killed one police officer and injured another.

"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 US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement released late Friday afternoon.

US Capitol police officers near a vehicle that crashed into a barrier.

Investigators are increasingly focused on Green's mental health as they work to identify any motive for the attack, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation and spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity.

Green was shot by police and taken to hospital where he died. He described himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam and its longtime leader, Louis Farrakhan, and spoke of going through a hard time when he leaned on his faith.

The suspect in Friday's U.S. Capitol attack has ties to West Virginia and recently submitted a request to change his name in an in court.


Gov. Jim Justice, following a request from Joe Biden, issued a proclamation to fly all usa and state flags on state property at half-staff through Tuesday evening. The White House said that the president had been receiving updates about the incident as investigation progresses.

The breach happened inside the perimeter, as the driver slipped through a gate that had opened to allow traffic in and out of the Capitol and rammed a barrier that had protected the building long before January 6.

The drama unfolded at a security checkpoint near the Capitol complex, close to where armed insurrectionists stormed the building housing the US Congress on January 6.

The incident occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol, which is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.

Capitol Police and National Guard troops were called upon soon afterward to secure the Capitol during Biden's inauguration and faced another potential threat in early March linked to conspiracy theories falsely claiming Trump would retake the presidency.

He also said he was a follower of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, who promotes Black nationalist, anti-white and anti-Semitic thinking.

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