- DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone said that rioters at the US Capitol called for him to be killed with his own gun before some began shielding him and offering some level of protection.
- Fanone’s message to those who helped him: “Thank you, but f— you for being there.”
- Five people died as a result of the US Capitol siege, and President Donald Trump was impeached for inciting the violent insurrection.
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DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone in an interview with CNN had a simple message for Capitol rioters who shielded him from other insurrectionists with apparent intentions of killing or seriously injuring him: “Thank you, but f— you for being there.”
Fanone said that as he was surrounded by rioters during the Capitol siege, they began to strip his equipment off of him.
“Some guys started getting a hold of my gun and they were screaming out, ‘Kill him with his own gun,'” Fanone recalled.
Three DC Metro Police officers spoke to @CNN about responding to last week's deadly riot at the US Capitol. One officer says the mob screamed they would try to "kill him with his own gun" during the attack.
— Nia K. Phillips (@Nia_Official) January 15, 2021
Fanone, 40, has been an officer since the 9/11 terror attacks, according to the Washington Post. He rushed to the US Capitol on January 6 when he and his partner received the citywide call for imminent assistance.
“They were overthrowing the Capitol, the seat of democracy, and I f—ing went,” Fanone, who would go on to suffer a mild heart attack as he responded to the mayhem, told the Post. At one point, someone grabbed Fanone by the helmet and dragged him by the stomach down some steps. Officers were beat with their own clubs and shields that were taken from them by the insurrectionists.
“We weren’t battling 50 or 60 rioters in this tunnel,” Fanone said. “We were battling 15,000 people. It looked like a medieval battle scene.”
Fanone, a father of four, told CNN that he though his only option to survive was to attempt to appeal to the humanity of the rioters. He told them he has children, and some began to encircle him and provide some level of protection.
Video footage also showed one insurrectionist beating an officer with an American flag.
ARRESTED: The man who use the American flag to beat a police officer at Capitol riot has been charged with a federal crime. He is Peter Stager of Arkansas. He’s on video saying: “Death is the only remedy for what’s in that building.”https://t.co/yImwags0MJpic.twitter.com/UImXK5B0Co
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 14, 2021
President Donald Trump provoked the riot on January 6, calling on his supporters to “fight like hell” to take back their country as he continued to push the false notion the election was stolen by President-elect Joe Biden.
Five people, including one police officer, died as a result of the chaos. Trump on Wednesday was impeached for a second time for inciting the insurrection.