Guns Drawn by Police in House Chamber as Trump Mob Takes Over Capitol

An armed standoff occurred within the halls of Congress on Wednesday, as chaos unfolded after thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters rioted outside the U.S. Capitol building and eventually breached the facility.

Police barricaded the front doors of the House chamber while insurrectionists busted windows and attempted to storm the room. Eventually, the Capitol complex was evacuated using the underground tunnel system that leads to office buildings, as pro-Trump protesters filled nearly every inch of the entire first floor of the building, including the floors of both chambers.

The violent insurrection was in response to a joint session of Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

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U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 6. Congress held a joint session today 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. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty

There were several reports that shots were fired, and a bloodied woman could be seen being taken out of the building on a stretcher by paramedics. Several Capitol Police were also visibly injured after clashes with insurrectionists.

The D.C. Police chief later confirmed that a civilian was shot, who reportedly died from her injuries. The D.C. National Guard was eventually called in to help quell the violence and vacate the Capitol of rioters.

Lawmakers, staff and reporters were forced to hide under desks, chairs and secure themselves in offices, as law enforcement was completely overrun by pro-Trump insurrectionists who touted the same false narrative from the outgoing president that the 2020 election was somehow rigged and stolen.

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Members of congress run for cover as protesters try to enter the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 6 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty

Both the House and Senate chambers were eventually evacuated.

There were several reports of police officers being injured.

Capitol breached with armed standoff
A protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate Chamber on January 6. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty