Local lawmakers react after car rams into Capitol barricade, killing police officer

BOSTON (WHDH) - Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation and other lawmakers with ties to Massachusetts offered their condolences Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, killing one.

The driver of that vehicle later died at a hospital.

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

“Senator Markey is in Massachusetts this week for in-state work period, and all of Senator Markey’s staff in the Washington D.C. office are safe at this time. The Capitol has been on high alert since January 6th. While we don’t have full details of today’s lockdown yet, we will continue to monitor the situation and remain vigilant in our safety protocols. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers who have been injured today.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.) 

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)

Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.)

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.)

Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.)

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Capitol Police Officer, William Evans, who was killed in the line of duty today while defending the US Capitol from another attack. I remain grateful for the courageous service of all of our law enforcement personnel. I offer my prayers and support to the Evans family and to our Capitol Police families and I pray for a full recovery for the officers injured by this attack.”

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.)

“My heart broke watching the scene at the US Capitol unfold this afternoon,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal. “Every day I am truly grateful for the brave men and women who work to protect our Capitol, the people who visit it, and those who go to work inside it’s beautiful buildings. When I walk into my office, I greet and thank the guards for their service each and every day. They not only protect us, but our beloved institutions of democracy.

“Today’s news of the passing of USCP Officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, is tragic, and hits home as Officer Evan’s is a native of western Massachusetts. He is indeed a hometown hero and a patriot who risked and sadly lost his life to protect our country. We are a grateful nation in mourning. This evening, my thoughts are with his family and friends who are grieving his untimely passing.”


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