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Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Slain Capitol Police Officer

People may see the American Flag flying at half-staff early this week and could wonder why.

According to Burlington Veteran Services the order to lower the flags comes from the President Biden Administration in honor of the Capitol Police officer who was killed in an attack on Friday and another who was injured in the line of duty after a man in a vehicle struck them and a military barricade.

“As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday, April 2, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,”

“I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 6, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations,” President Biden said in a statement.

The officer who was killed in the attack has been identified as 18-year Capitol Police veteran William “Billy” Evans, a beloved husband and father of two. The second officer injured has not been identified.

The suspect was killed by officers after emerging from his vehicle with a knife. The cause of the attack is still under investigation.