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Four People Died During Protests in Washington – Police Chief

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At least four people died on Wednesday during protests in Washington, DC, Robert Contee, the chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, said. On Wednesday, supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol as Congress was set to certify his electoral defeat to Joe Biden.

A pro-Trump protester carries the lectern of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Roturnda of the US Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session on Wednesday to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON, January 7 (Sputnik) – At least four people died on Wednesday during protests in Washington, DC, Robert Contee, the chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), said.

On Wednesday, supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol as Congress was set to certify his electoral defeat to Joe Biden. They were confronted by the police, and clashes ensued.

“One Capitol police officer discharged their service weapon striking an adult female. She was transported to a local hospital, where after all life-saving efforts fail, she was pronounced deceased,” Contee said at a press conference. “Additionally, there were three other deaths reported today from the area around the Capitol grounds. One adult female and two adult males appeared to have suffered from separate medical emergencies which resulted in their deaths.”

US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Thousands of Trump supporters, fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud, are flooding the nation’s capital protesting the expected certification of Joe Biden’s White House victory by the US Congress. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

According to the police official, at least 14 officers sustained injuries in the course of unrest.

“You should also be aware that at least 14 MPD officers have sustained injuries during the demonstrations. One member suffered serious injuries after he was pulled into the crowd and assaulted. He is currently hospitalised and undergoing testing for treatment for his injuries,” Contee said.

Another officer was struck in the face by a projectile, the police chief said, adding that the rest of causalities were not serious yet still “concerning.”

The woman shot dead by the police was identified by a friend to FOX News as Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year US air force veteran.