Drug addicted man attacked the US Capitol Hill, killing 1 police officer

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An unemployed drug addict rammed his car in a police barricade outside the US Capitol Hill killing one police officer and wounding another, AP reported. The attacker came out of the vehicle waiving a knife. He was shot down by the other police officers. The authorities found no terrorist motives in the actions of the attacker. The Capitol Hill has been in top security mode after supporters of then outgoing President Donald Trump rioted the building of the US Congress.

Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit. Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that investigators initially believed the suspect stabbed one of the officers, but it was later unclear whether the knife actually made contact, in part because the vehicle struck the officers with such force. Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green of Newport News, Virginia. Green’s brother told the Washington Post that his sibling struggled with drug use and paranoia and his family worried about his mental state.

According to media reports, Green spoke on Facebook about the “end times”, the anti-Christ, and government “mind control”. He also said he was unemployed after leaving his job, “partly due to afflictions,” and praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Reuters elaborated. Facebook said in a statement that it removed the suspect’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram and were in contact with law enforcement. Brendan Green told the Washington Post his brother had been violently ill on Thursday evening at the Virginia apartment they shared, and later sent him a text message saying that he planned to become homeless.

Dozens of police cars, marked and unmarked, raced toward the iconic domed white building, in an unwelcome reminder of 6 January 2021. It was the worst security threat at the Capitol since that day, when scores of Capitol police were wounded, one was killed and two others later committed suicide. US spy agencies warned in mid-March of an ongoing threat that racially motivated violent extremists, such as white supremacists, will carry out mass-casualty attacks on civilians while militia groups target police and government personnel and buildings.

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