Jan. 7 (UPI) — A Capitol police officer died Thursday and at the least 55 folks had been charged with crimes following a siege by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol a day earlier.

Rep. Dean Phillips, R-Minn., wrote on Twitter Thursday that he had been suggested {that a} U.S. Capitol police officer had died after sustaining accidents throughout Wednesday’s riot.

“My coronary heart goes out to the household of the officer and to all who threat their lives every single day to guard and serve our communities with dignity and precept,” Phillips wrote.

Three unnamed sources confirmed the information to CNN.

The officer was the fifth particular person to die following the riot on Wednesday.

Throughout the siege, one officer discharged their weapon, hanging a girl who was transported to a neighborhood hospital the place she was pronounced lifeless. The lady was recognized as Ashli Babbitt, of Ocean Seashore, Calif.

A person and two ladies within the space of the Capitol grounds additionally died Wednesday on account of medical emergencies, Capitol Police stated.

Not less than 14 officers had been injured through the day, together with two who had been hospitalized, one with facial accidents from being struck with a projectile and the opposite who sustained severe accidents after they had been pulled right into a crowd and assaulted, the police chief stated.

Not less than 55 folks had been additionally charged with crimes within the riot that noticed supporters of President Donald Trump have free reign on the Senate ground and in Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace confronted prices equivalent to illegal entry, whereas others had been charged with crimes equivalent to assault.

Michael Sherwin, performing U.S. Legal professional in Washington, D.C., stated at a information convention Thursday that extra prices had been anticipated within the coming weeks.

“That is a great begin, however in no regard is that this the top,” he stated.

Sherwin added that “all prices” are on the desk together with rebel and rioting, even suggesting Trump himself might face scrutiny for a rally he held earlier than his supporters breached the Capitol.

“Anybody that had a job, and the proof matches the weather of against the law, they are going to be charged,” he stated.

Amongst these charged Thursday, had been Mark Leffingwell, who faces three counts after being accused of attacking an officer on the scene and Christopher Alberts who was charged with one depend of carrying or getting access to firearms or ammunition on U.S. Capitol grounds.

Capitol Police officer Daniel Amendola stated that Leffingwell, 51, punched him “repeatedly with a closed fist” in his police helmet and chest throughout an try and push his manner into the constructing.

Alberts, of Maryland, was seen sporting a bulletproof vest and tried to flee an officer who recognized a bulge on his hip. After he was apprehended, officers discovered he was in possession of a black Taurus G2C 9mm handgun and {a magazine} of ammunition.

Police additionally recovered two pipe bombs, one from the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters and one from the Republican Nationwide Committee headquarters, in addition to a cooler in a automobile on Capitol grounds that contained Molotov cocktails.

Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser introduced a 15-day emergency order extension throughout a information convention late Wednesday, stating it would run via the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Jan. 20 to make sure peace and safety within the metropolis.

The mayor described the siege as “an unprecedented assault” on U.S. democracy incited by Trump.

Bowser stated police shall be issuing alerts to the general public to be looking out for individuals who stormed the constructing.

“A few of them should be held accountable for the carnage,” she stated.

Requested if the breach of the Capitol constructing was the results of police failure, Bowser stated there shall be time later to evaluate what occurred however proper now they’re targeted on guaranteeing Congress proceedings, which restarted round eight p.m., proceed and the town is secure.

“We are going to proceed to focus as a result of clearly, we can have extra occasions on the Capitol and we wish to be sure each lesson realized from this one is carried out,” she stated.