Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré on what could have been done to prevent the death of a Capitol Police officer today after an attacker rammed his car into a checkpoint. He says proper measures were taken, but that the Capitol is always going to be a target.
The Capitol is a target 24/7, says Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
After a Capitol Police officer was killed Friday when a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia expressed sorrow and outrage.
The suspect in the death of a Capitol Police officer has ties to Indiana, according to reports.
Noah Green, 25, has been identified by law enforcement as the man who drove the vehicle into two U.S. Capital police officers on Friday afternoon.
The driver rammed his vehicle into two USCP officers near the Capitol and then continued to hit the barrier on Constitution Avenue, acting U.S Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement.
The suspect proceeded to exit the car, brandishing a knife and "started to lunge aggressively toward U.S. Capitol Police officers," ignoring verbal commands, Pittman said. Officers then shot the suspect, who later died at a hospital.
The officer, William 'Billy' Evans, died "from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant," Pittman said.
Who is Noah Green? Several law enforcement sources said Green has connections to Indiana and Virginia.
The Washington Post reported Friday evening that it had interviewed Green's brother, Brendan Green, who said Noah had indeed lived previously in Indianapolis but then had moved to Africa. More recently, Brendan Green told the Post, his brother had moved in with him in his Virginia apartment.
The Post also reported that Brendan Green described his brother as suffering from "hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches and suicidal thoughts that could have been related to drugs or mental illness."
Brendan Green said his brother left Newport News, Virginia, where he was a defensive back on the Christopher Newport University football team, and moved to Indianapolis.
It's unclear how long Noah Green lived in Indianapolis.
IndyStar did locate an address for a Noah Green at an Indianapolis apartment complex. IndyStar spoke to six people in front of the complex but none of them had heard of Green.
IndyStar also found a December 2020 civil court filing for a Noah Green. The filing was a petition to change his legal name to Noah Zaeem Muhammad, but the case was dismissed when Green did not show up to his video hearing. IndyStar, however, has not confirmed if this was the same Noah Green suspected in Friday's death of the Capitol police officer.
Brendan Green told the Post that he visited his brother in Indianapolis and that his brother's “mind didn’t seem right.” He said his brother left Indianapolis a couple of months ago and moved to Botswana. A couple of weeks ago, Noah Green moved back in with his brother in Virginia, Brendan Green told the Post.
Noah Green was born in Fairlea, West Virginia. but grew up in Covington, Virginia.
Football teammate: 'He was a great dude' He played for Christopher Newport University in 2017-18. His football profile said that he attended Alleghany High School and then Glenville State University before transferring to CNU, where he was a business major.
IndyStar spoke with one of his CNU teammates, Mark Aanstoos, who was shocked to learn that Green was the suspect.
Aanstoos said what he saw reported about Green is "not the type of person he was when I was around him."
"He was a great dude,"Aanstoos said, who worked hard and was a good student.
Aanstoos said he believed Green previously had a job working in technology.
Facebook removes account A Facebook account for a Noah Green also fueled speculation. On the Facebook page, Green noted that he was a follower of the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan.
Noah Green, who attacked US Capitol police officers and got killed, recently posted on his Facebook account that he had been unemployed and facing fear, hunger, and loss of wealth.
US law enforcement officials identified the suspect who attacked Capitol police officers as Noah Green, a 25-year-old who described himself as a follower of the 'Nation of Islam'. Green recently posted on his Facebook account, which has now been taken down by the social media network, that he had been unemployed and facing fear, hunger, and loss of wealth. The messages were captured by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media and tracks online activity.
“To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” he wrote. “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey,” the post read.
In another Facebook post, Green said he believed that the founder of Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, was “the Messiah”. “I consider him my spiritual father. Without his guidance, his word, and his teachings that I’ve picked up on along the way, I would’ve been unable to continue,” he wrote.
Anti-hate organization ADL has described Farrakhan as an anti-Semite who has been railing against Jews, white people and the LGBT community for more than 30 years. Farrakhan’s speeches draw thousands of attendees, which, according to ADL, gives him the dubious distinction of being quite possibly America’s most popular anti-Semite.
Green had also reportedly called the US government “#1 enemy of Black people!" in one of his Instagram posts. Facebook confirmed to Business Insider in an email statement that the social media network has removed Green’s account.
“We have designated the incident under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, which means we have removed the suspect's accounts from Facebook and Instagram, and are removing any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted by the Insider as saying.
According to a Washington Post report, Green blamed his former roommates and teammates of the Christopher Newport University football team for drugging him with Xanax. Green’s brother, Brendan told the Post that Noah had recently called him asking for help, saying he was “in a really bad situation and in really bad shape.”
Following the deadly attack, law enforcement officials had said that the incident did not appear to be linked to terrorism. However, Ria Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group, said that Greene's social media presence suggests he might have been very troubled, but terrorism should not be ruled out.