Tear gas is released into a crowd of protesters during clashes with Capitol Police at a rally to contest Congress’ certification of the 2020 US presidential election results at the US Capitol Building in Washington on January 6, 2021.
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Four people died during the uprising at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday after a horde of supporters of President Donald Trump tried to prevent Joe Biden’s election victory from being confirmed.
The deaths included a woman who was shot and another woman and two men who died from “medical emergencies,” said Contee, who spoke at a speech press conference Wednesday evening.
The chief said the internal affairs department was investigating the shooting. Contee said they are still determining full details of the other three deaths.
At least fourteen police officers were injured and several were still in the hospital, Contee said. An officer was seriously injured when he was dragged into a crowd where he was attacked, he added.
“This is a tragic incident and I would like to express my condolences to the families and friends of the victims,” said Contee.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a 6 p.m. curfew. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. The mayor also declared an extension of a “public emergency” for the next 15 days, which would run through inauguration day.