WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement honoring the life, legacy, and service of United States Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans who died in the line of duty:

“I was heartbroken to learn that Officer Evans was tragically killed protecting the U.S. Capitol. Each day, Capitol Police officers put their lives on the line to protect us and keep the Capitol safe. Officer Evans was a hero. He made the ultimate sacrifice securing the Capitol and protecting innocent lives. I am praying for Officer Evans’ family and for the full recovery of the other officer who was injured protecting the Capitol. I am incredibly grateful for the bravery and dedication of our police officers and those who put themselves in harms way to save the lives of others, just as they saved my life from a gunman at a Congressional baseball practice in 2017.”