U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans, the Massachusetts native killed earlier this month in the line of duty in Washington, D.C., died due to blunt force trauma to the head, the District’s medical examiner told news outlets Thursday.
Evans, an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police, was killed after a man rammed a car into him and another officer at a barricade outside the Capitol building on April 2. The other officer was hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.
The man who struck Evans and the other officer has since been identified as 25-year-old Noah Green. He was fatally shot by police after exiting his car with a large knife and lunging at officers, according to the Capitol Police.
First responders quickly took Evans to a nearby hospital, where the 41-year-old man died from his injuries, the Capitol Police said.
According to a statement from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in D.C., Evans died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head, CNN reported. His death was ruled a homicide.
A procession held in honor of Evans passed the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon. His fellow officers lined up to pay their respects to the “fallen hero,” the Capitol Police said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced earlier this week Evans will lie in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 13.
“The United States Congress joins all Americans in mourning the tragic death of one of our Capitol Police heroes, Officer Billy Evans,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. “In giving his life to protect our Capitol and our Country, Officer Evans became a martyr for our democracy. On behalf of the entire Congress, we are profoundly grateful.”
A North Adams native, Evans grew up in Clarksburg and graduated from Drury High School in 1998. He attended Western New England University in Springfield before joining the Capitol police in 2003.
He is survived by his mother, Janice, and children, Logan and Abigail. In a statement, his family said Evans “was the best father, son, brother, and friend anyone could ever hope for” and that his death has left a “gaping void” in their lives that will never be filled.
“The absolute most important thing in his life was his two children, Logan and Abigail. His most cherished moments were those spent with them – building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” his family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did. Any opportunity to spend time with his children brightened both their lives and his. Their dad was their hero long before the tragic events of last week.”
In the days after Evans was killed, a GoFundMe page was set up to support his children. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be put into a trust under Logan and Abigail’s name. As of Friday morning, the page had raised more than $160,000 of its $250,000 goal.
Although family was always first for Evans, the statement noted, he “had the open, welcoming personality that led him to make friends with anyone he met.”
“He relished bringing people together and making sure everyone felt included and had a good time,” his family said. “The countless testimonials that we have heard from people who knew him capture the warm, funny, and caring person we loved.”
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
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