House and Senate Democratic leaders announced Tuesday that late U.S. Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ F. Evans, who was killed in the line of duty on April 2, will lie in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
Evans, who was an 18-year veteran of the force and father of two, was killed when a man rammed his car into a barrier at the Capitol, striking Evans and another officer and lunging at the officers with a knife. The other officer struck during the attack was released from a hospital on Saturday. The attacker was fatally shot by police.
“In giving his life to protect our Capitol and our Country, Officer Evans became a martyr for our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement. “On behalf of the entire Congress, we are profoundly grateful.”
Because of ongoing public health concerns, the ceremony paying tribute to Evans at the Capitol on April 13 will be open to invited guests only. Members of Congress will be invited to attend the viewing.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, was also given the rare distinction of lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on February 3.