Tributes are pouring in for the veteran police officer who was killed in Friday's attack at the U.S. Capitol. William "Billy" Evans died when a suspect rammed his vehicle into the north barricade of the Capitol at about 1pm Friday. The 18-year police veteran is being called a hero by Washington lawmakers, and being remembered by friends as a devoted officer and a caring father.
Congressman Richard Neal, whose district encompasses North Adams, where Evans grew up says;
“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.”
Most lawmakers were in their districts at the time of the attack because of the Easter recess.
Evans had two young children. He went to Western New England University where he got a degree in criminal justice and always had the dream to work for Capitol Police.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced. The Evans family is asking for privacy.
Evans is the second Capitol Police officer to die in the line of duty this year. Officer Brian Sicknick died from the January 6th Capitol attack.
(Photo provided by:U.S. Capitol Police)