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Officer William Evans, killed in Friday's attack at Capitol, described as 'wonderful guy'

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman pays respects to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick as an urn with his cremated remains lies in honor on a black-draped table at center of Capitol Rotunda, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool) ORG XMIT: NYNYT413

The pain in the voice of acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman was as plain as the tragedy that had unfolded minutes before she stepped to the microphones Friday.

Not yet three months after rioters stormed the Capitol, leaving one officer dead and more than 130 others injured, Pittman announced the loss of another officer and injuries to a second in a new attack when a 25-year-old man rammed his vehicle into a barricade shielding Capitol’s north side.

The fallen officer in Friday’s attack was identified as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year member of the force who served on the agency’s First Responder’s Unit.

Terrance Gainer, who served as Capitol police chief when Evans joined the force, described Evans as “a wonderful guy.”

US Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans.

“He was held in high regard by the force and Capitol staff,” Gainer said. “The officers are crushed, their resilience stretched.”

David Popp, a spokesman for Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, said Evans’ death was personal for him.

“Officer Evans was often at that barricade when we arrived for work. He was so friendly and professional, and seeing him was always a plus,” he tweeted. “Today is a very sad day.”

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