“I hereby resign as a member of the House of Delegates in West Virginia, effective immediately,” he wrote in a short letter to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and deeply regret any injury, pain or disturbance I may have caused to family, friends, voters and colleagues in West Virginia,” Evans said in a statement Saturday.
Evans, a supporter of Trump, recorded a live video on Facebook in which he can be heard shouting, “It’s us! We’re coming in, baby!” as he moved through the crowd of riots as he passed through the Capitol door.
He denied involvement in the destruction and violence and has since deleted the video, but not before it was shared on social media and broadcast by CNN’s WCHS affiliate. In another video posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning, Evans laughed as he predicted a riot.
Later Wednesday, Evans said he filmed the event only as an “independent member of the media to film the story”, although he did not appear to have any experience working as such.
The West Virginia GP chairman said on Saturday that Evans had “made the right decision” to resign.
“Derrick Evan’s actions were unreasonable and inappropriate for an elected official,” President Melody Potter said in a statement.
Speaking at a briefing on Friday, Justice said of Evans’ involvement: “You know me, I don’t do sugary things and I’m not trying to give you a political answer. I think that’s awful.”
“I think that’s a sign in West Virginia,” the Republican governor said. “He can come up with any excuse in the world, but be there and rush in and enter the United States Capitol. I mean, how in the world can we think that’s anything but and bad things? “
This story has been updated with additional information.