Tear gas is fired at a crowd of protesters during clashes with Capitol Police at a rally to challenge the certification of the results of the 2020 US presidential election by the US Congress, at the US Capitol Building in Washington, January 6, 2021.
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Police Chief Robert Conte said four people were killed on Wednesday amid riots at the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, as a crowd of President Donald Trump’s supporters sought to prevent confirmation of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Conte, who spoke at a press conference, said that among the dead was a woman who was shot, in addition to another woman and two men who died in “medical emergencies.” Press Conference Wednesday evening.
The President said the Internal Affairs Division is investigating the shooting. Conte said they were still working out the exact details of the other three deaths.
Conte said that at least fourteen police officers were injured, and many are still in hospital. He added that one of the officers sustained serious injuries from being dragged into a crowd, where he was assaulted.
“This is a tragic accident, and I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims,” Conte said.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a curfew from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Thursday. The mayor also announced the extension of the “state of public emergency” for the next 15 days, which will continue until the day of the inauguration.