WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Vernon Alston, who died yesterday while off duty:

“During his 20 years in the force, Officer Alston set an example of devotion and professionalism that we should all strive to follow. Our prayers are with his family and fellow officers, who are truly our finest. We stand ready to support them in this time of anguish."