Evans’ death was ruled a homicide, according to a statement from the medical examiner’s office.
An 18-year veteran of the force, Evans died while protecting the Capitol from an individual who brandished a knife after ramming his vehicle into a police barricade along the perimeter of the Capitol. Another officer was injured in the attack.
Pelosi called Evans “a martyr for our democracy” in a statement, adding that his death was “tragic and heroic.”
That sentiment was echoed by President Joe Biden and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who offered their condolences to Evans’ family.
“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,” he added.
Only four Capitol Police officers had been killed in the line of duty prior to this year, according to its data, but the department is now mourning the loss of one of its own for the second time in almost as many months.
This story has been updated with additional information Thursday.
CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Lauren Fox, Jessica Dean and David Shortell contributed to this report.Checkout latest world news below links :
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