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U.S. Capitol attacker who rammed car into 2 officers was member of Black Nationalist Nation of Islam

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U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard soliders patrol near the U.S. Capitol after a car crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard soldiers patrol near the U.S. Capitol after a car crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Saturday, April 3, 2021

The man who rammed his car into the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol, killing one officer, has been identified. According to law enforcement sources, 25-year-old Indiana resident Noah Green crashed his vehicle into the officers at approximately 1 p.m. local time.

On his Facebook page, Green described himself as a follower of the Black Nationalist Group, the Nation of Islam. After his identity was revealed, the social media company removed his profiles on Facebook and Instagram, adding it would also take down “any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect.”

This came after Capitol Police reported two officers were injured during the incident on Constitution Avenue, during which Green hit them with his car. He then exited the vehicle while wielding a large knife or machete, which prompted the officers to open fire.

The officers and Green were taken to the hospital where Green later died from his wounds. One of the officers, identified by U.S. Capitol Police as Officer William Evans, passed away while undergoing treatment. The other officer’s identity has not been confirmed, but he is reportedly in stable and non-threatening condition.

The Capitol building was placed on lockdown by authorities during the incident. Lawmakers were put on recess and National Guard members were deployed to the scene to provide additional security. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press, officers initially responded to reports of a shooting in a street near the Capitol.

“At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased,” U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said. “Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were transported to two different hospitals. And it is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries.”

The Acting Chief asked the public to continue to keep the U.S. Capitol Police and their families in its prayers.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today,” Pittman noted.

Meanwhile, Acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee has stated authorities believe the threat was not ongoing and has been neutralized. Officials also said the attack does not appear terror-related.

The FBI is now assisting the investigation. Flags at the Capitol were ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of the deceased officer. The lockdown has reportedly been lifted, though the National Guard remains in place.

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