Washington: Infamous Capitol riot of January 6 has so far martyred two police officers, who in a shocking turn of events, took their own lives after the attack, according to acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee’s opening statement before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.
“Tragically, two officers who were at the Capitol on January 6th, one each from the Capitol Police and MPD, took their own lives in the aftermath of that battle,” Contee said in his statement.
Another Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, died the day after the riot “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” the Capitol Police said in a statement.
On January 6, one of the most iconic American buildings, US Capitol was stormed by hundreds of pro-Trump protesters, who pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs.
About 90 minutes later, as per police officials, agitators stormed into the building and locked the doors to the House and Senate. Shortly after, the House floor including Vice President Mike Pence, was also evacuated from the chamber, where he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes.
MeanwSmoke grenades were used on the Senate side of the Capitol, as police worked to clear the building of rioters. Windows on the west side of the Senate were broken, and hundreds of officers amassed on the first floor of the building.