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DC Police Chief: Capitol Police shot woman

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Published on 31 Jul 2021 / In News and Politics

Four people died on Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump violently occupied the U.S. Capitol. Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said Capitol Police shot and killed a woman and three people died in medical emergencies. (Jan. 7)

Police said both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the Capitol building before it was cleared Wednesday evening by law enforcement.

The woman was shot earlier Wednesday as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side.

She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and later died.

D.C. police officials also say two pipe bombs were recovered, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee.

Police found a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.

Contee says 14 Metropolitan Police Department were injured during the demonstrations and at least two are hospitalized.

Washington, D.C.. Mayor Muriel Bowser says a curfew is in effect in Washington, D.C. from 6:00 p.m. EDT (2300GMT) until 6:00 a.m. (1100G).

She also says she has extended a state of emergency for 15 days, "to ensure peace and security through the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris."

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