Police have regained control of the Capitol building after thousands of Trump supporters stormed it (Picture: Getty Images)
Law enforcement have regained control of the US Capitol building after clashes with invading Trump protesters led to one woman’s death.
A woman was shot by officers as thousands of rioters stormed the building in an attempt to halt the certification of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.
The demonstrator has since died after being rushed to hospital, NBC reports. The circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unclear.
Footage of the aftermath was posted on social media, with the person sharing it saying: ‘A young woman was just shot in the neck right besides me in the Capitol Building.’
Separate video showed a patient with bloodied bandages being carried away in a stretcher.
Police established a perimeter around the site while authorities used flash bang grenades and tear gas in an attempt to clear those remaining in the building.
Donald Trump supporters storm the US Capitol building (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
At least five weapons have been recovered and 13 people arrested during the chaos and rioters used ‘chemical irritants’ against officers to gain access to the building, Washington DC’s police chief Robert Contee III said at a press conference.
Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the behaviour of protesters as ‘shameful, unpatriotic and above all is unlawful’.
She added: ‘There will be law and order and this behaviour will not be tolerated.’
DC’s Metropolitan Police were sent to the unrest, along with officers from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.
The National Guard, Homeland Security and Secret Service personnel were also sent to the Capitol. By 5.30pm local time the building had reportedly been cleared out and secured, ahead of a curfew beginning 6pm.
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier (Picture: AP)
A number of venues on site were evacuated, with those inside the Cannon buildings told to take Go Kits and escape hoods before making their way through an underground escape tunnel.
Other lawmakers unable to leave have been forced to find shelter in their offices. Republican rep for South Carolina Nancy Mace said: ‘This is wrong. This is not who we are. I’m heartbroken for our nation today.’
A pipe bomb was found in the Capitol complex and another was discovered at the nearby headquarters of the Republican National Committee, both of which were safely detonated.
Vice President Mike Pence was rushed to a secure location as supporters stormed in. It comes after Trump turned on him after he said he would not intervene in the election result.
Trump said: ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!’
Earlier today Trump spoke at a Save America rally in Washington DC standing by unsubstantiated claims the result was stolen due to widespread voter fraud.
A protester makes off with a podium (Picture: Getty Images)
He told supporters: ‘We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.’
His fixer Rudy Giuliani also took to the stage and called for ‘trial by combat’ to contest the result of the 2020 election.
But Trump refused to condemn the protest itself, tweeting: ‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & peace. Remember this day forever.’
The President’s daughter Ivanka deleted a tweet in which she branded the rioters as ‘American patriots’.
A demonstrator is pinned down by police as intruders halted the certification of Joe Biden’s presidenct (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
US representatives are now drawing up plans to impeach Trump for inciting today’s unrest. Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar said: ‘I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment. Donald J Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.
‘We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.’
Omar’s efforts were supported by her fellow Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan. Wisconsin’s attorney general Josh Kaul, a Democrat, has also called for Trump’s removal as soon as Biden’s win is certified, after branding the president a ‘fascist.’
If the House of Representatives – which has a Democrat majority – voted to impeach Trump, he would then be tried before the US Senate.
The Senate currently has a Republican majority – although it is expected to be flipped by the Democrats thanks to two elections in Georgia its candidates are on course to win.
That could subsequently see senators vote to ‘convict’ Trump of the articles he faces, and remove him from office.
Vice President Pence has been asked to use the 25th Amendment to end Trump’s presidency for inciting today’s violence.
Joe Biden, who called the rioting an ‘unprecedented assault on democracy’ is due to be inaugurated on January 20.
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