The chief of the US Capitol Police (USCP), Seteve Sund, defended on Thursday the officers who intervened in the violent riots that occurred on Wednesday in that building and announced that the officer who shot and killed a protester was suspended while the fact is investigated.
Sund said police officers “acted bravely when confronted by thousands of individuals involved in violent riot actions.”
The rioters “actively attacked” with metal tubes, discharged chemical irritants and took other weapons to attack Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials, the USCP chief said in a statement.
The incidents at the United States Congress building have left four people dead, 14 police officers injured and more than 50 arrests so far.
Sund spoke about the episode, recounting that “as the protesters made their way to the House of Representatives, where members of Congress were sheltering, a USCP employee unloaded his service weapon, shooting an adult woman.”
He then added that “medical assistance was provided immediately and the woman was transported to hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.”
The officer who fired the shot, Sund said, was placed on administrative leave and suspended from his police duties pending the results of the joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (APD) and the USCP.
A short clip I made of the lawless mob driven back by the USCP, Jan. 6, 2021 pic.twitter.com/UAMQ6arc1R
— Douglas Christian (@DougChristianDC) January 7, 2021
The other three people who died suffered “medical emergencies” related to the siege, said Robert Contee, chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department.
Sund’s statement came after lawmakers from both parties promised an investigation into how law enforcement agencies handled Wednesday’s violent breach in the Capitol, questioning whether the lack of preparation allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building.