House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement on today’s attack near the Capitol and the US Capitol Police officer who was killed.
“Today, America’s heart has been broken by the tragic and heroic death of one of our Capitol Police heroes: Officer William Evans. He is a martyr for our democracy,” Pelosi said in the statement.
Pelosi expressed her gratitude, and said the officers showed the same “extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service” as they did during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our Country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6. On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful,” Pelosi said.
She said Congress “stands ready to assist law enforcement with a swift and comprehensive investigation into this heinous attack.”
Pelosi also expressed her condolences for the officer’s family.
“May we always remember the heroism of those who have given their lives to defend our Democracy,” she said.
Pelosi ordered that the flags at the US Capitol be flown at half-staff in honor of the officer who was killed.