(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The United States Capitol Police union has requested additional security in the wake of a fatal knife attack that left one officer dead and another injured.
Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement Saturday, “This attack, combined with the violent events of the January 6th insurrection, have left our officers reeling.”
The slain officer was identified as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran. He died Friday after being struck by the suspect’s vehicle as it rammed into the north barricade of the Capitol complex.
The suspect then attacked other officers with a knife and was killed by police. The injured officer has since returned to work.
Up to 500 officers are set to retire between the next three to five years, notes Papathanasiou. He adds that younger officers have since expressed interest in joining other departments.
“We are struggling to meet existing mission requirements even with the officers working massive amounts of forced overtime,” he said.
Added Papathanasiou, “We have now lost two officers in the line of duty this year. Another officer has taken his own life and we have 80 officers who were seriously injured in the insurrection. Some of those injured officers may never return to duty.”