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Reynolds orders flags to half-staff following death of Capitol police officer

Published: Apr. 3, 2021 at 10:22 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Flags in the state of Iowa will be flown at half-staff over the next few days following an apparent attack at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the order in honor of William “Billy” Evans on Saturday morning, effective immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 6. Flags at state buildings and grounds will recognize the order, and private citizens and businesses are encouraged to follow.

“We mourn the loss of Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans and I send my prayers and deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones who are left to grieve following this horrific act of violence,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The state of Iowa will never forget the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of law enforcement who willingly put themselves on the line to protect the innocent and uphold the rule of law.”

Evans was killed after Noah Green, 25, rammed his car into a barricade outside of the Capitol on Friday afternoon. Green was shot and later died from his injuries. A second U.S. Capitol Police officer was also hurt in the attack.

The order follows President Joe Biden’s order to lower flags across the country.

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