Chilling photo shows Capitol police in the House chamber with guns drawn in a standoff with pro-Trump rioters

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesLaw-enforcement officers point their guns at a door that was vandalised in the House chamber on Wednesday.
  • Capitol police officers in the House chamber drew their guns in an apparent standoff with protesters on Wednesday.
  • Lawmakers and reporters had been evacuated from the chamber shortly before.
  • Tear gas was also deployed in the rotunda.
  • Photos and a video showed the officers inside the chamber, but the nature and extent of the threat outside from protesters wasn’t immediately clear.
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Capitol police officers barricaded the door to the House chamber and drew their guns in an apparent standoff with Trump supporters on Wednesday.

Images showed officers and security officials pointing their guns at the door. The nature and extent of the threat outside from protesters wasn’t immediately clear.

Lawmakers, staffers, and reporters had been told to evacuate the chamber and shelter in place, and tear gas was deployed in the rotunda.

A video taken from the gallery of the chamber showed a tense scene.

A local TV-news reporter said a paramedic told her someone was shot inside the Capitol. It was unclear whether it happened near the standoff.

Rioters also made their way onto the Senate floor.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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