Suspect in deadly Capitol attack was Christopher Newport University graduate

Suspect in deadly Capitol attack was Christopher Newport University graduate
Officials respond at the scene of a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Source: Patrick Semansky)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT/AP) - The suspect in the deadly attack outside the United States Capitol was a graduate of Christopher Newport University, NBC affiliate WAVY reports.

Police identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green, and say he rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. One of the officers died. It was the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still struggling to heal from the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Officials with Christopher Newport University told WAVY that Green played football for the university and graduated with a finance degree in 2019.

On CNU’s 2018 football roster, Green’s hometown was listed as Covington.

Video shows the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Authorities shot Green, who died at a hospital.

Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

Investigators were digging into his background and examining whether he had any mental health history as they tried to discern a motive. They were working to obtain warrants to access his online accounts.

Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police’s radar.

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