Eugene Goodman, Capitol Officer Who Lured Mob Away, Hailed by His Former Airborne Corps

The XVIII Airborne Corps has praised Eugene Goodman, the Capitol Police officer captured on camera steering a mob of Donald Trump supporters away from the Senate chamber where lawmakers were hiding.

Footage captured by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic showed Goodman, a Black officer, singlehandedly facing off against a group of mostly white insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol building, including some who carried Confederate flags.

The clip went viral and prompted many to hail Goodman as a hero.

In a tweet early on Thursday, the XVIII Airborne Corps said Goodman had been a member of the corps, adding that he was a hero "long before" the deadly siege at the Capitol on January 6.

Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman is rightfully being hailed as a hero after singlehandedly holding back rioters from entering the Senate chambers last week.

An Iraq combat vet and member of this Corps, Eugene was a hero long before last Wednesday.

We celebrate his valor. pic.twitter.com/CLWlLG3bIW

— XVIII Airborne Corps (@18airbornecorps) January 14, 2021

"Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman is rightfully being hailed as a hero after singlehandedly holding back rioters from entering the Senate chambers last week," the tweet said.

"An Iraq combat vet and member of this Corps, Eugene was a hero long before last Wednesday. We celebrate his valor."

In Bobic's video, Goodman is seen just a few steps ahead of the mob as they chase him up a flight of stairs.

The man in a QAnon shirt leading the pack has since been identified as Doug Jensen. He was arrested and charged at the weekend.

At the top of the stairs, Goodman is seen glancing towards the nearby entrance to the Senate floor, before luring the men in another direction.

He is seen shoving Jensen in the chest, a move many have interpreted as a way of keeping the rioters' attention on him.

Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021

The Washington Post reported that Goodman had lured the mob away from the Senate chambers, where lawmakers were sheltering, before armed officers had secured the doors.

"He was diverting people from getting on the Senate floor and getting hostages. It was the smartest thing that he could have ever done," a colleague of Goodman's told the newspaper. "His quick thinking enabled those senators to get to safety."

Several members of Congress said Goodman's actions had saved lives.

"As Trump's fascist mob ransacked the US Capitol, this brave USCP officer kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside. God bless him for his courage," Rep. Bill Pascrell tweeted.

Last Wednesday, I was inside the Senate chamber when Officer Eugene Goodman led an angry mob away from it at great personal risk. His quick thinking and decisive action that day likely saved lives, and we owe him a debt of gratitude. https://t.co/meMLbXW8Z5

— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) January 11, 2021

Sen. Bob Casey added: "Last Wednesday, I was inside the Senate chamber when Officer Eugene Goodman led an angry mob away from it at great personal risk. His quick thinking and decisive action that day likely saved lives, and we owe him a debt of gratitude."

But while Goodman has been hailed as a hero, at least 10 other officers with the Capitol Police Department are under investigation over their conduct on the day of the riot, CNN reported. At least two officers have been suspended.

Rep. Tim Ryan, who oversees the police department's congressional funding, told reporters the suspended officers included one who was seen posing for a selfie with a rioter and another who donned a red Trump hat and "started directing people around."

On Wednesday, President Trump was impeached by the House for an unprecedented second time, charged with "incitement of insurrection" over his role in the violence at the Capitol. At least five people died as a result, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick and a woman who was shot inside the building.

Howard Liebengood, a Capitol police officer who was on duty during the attack, later died by suicide.

Trump supporters inside the U.S. Capitol
Supporters of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on January 6. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images