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State Police escort body of U.S. Capitol police officer killed in the line of duty

The CT State Police Motorcycle unit escorted the fallen officer from Bradley to North Adams, Mass.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Connecticut State Police said they escorted the body of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans from Bradley International Airport to his final resting place in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Officer Evans was killed in the line of duty on April 2 after a suspect rammed a vehicle into him at a barricade near the U.S. Capitol

The flight carrying his remains arrived at Bradley around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday.

"Motorcycle members of the State Police Traffic Services Unit will be joined by police from Massachusetts in a motorcade to North Adams, Massachusetts, where Officer Evans will be laid to rest. The motorcade will exit the airport onto Route 75 and travel through Suffield and Enfield before crossing the state line into Massachusetts via Interstate 91."

Evans laid in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda in a special tribute to the fallen officer on Tuesday.

Evans, 41, and another officer were struck on April 2 by a car driven by Noah Green, 25, who came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts.

Evans' casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray.

 

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