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How a lone Capitol Police officer lured rioters away from the Senate chambers

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Capitol Police officer who took on a mob of insurrectionists alone after they breached the Capitol building kept the mob from entering the Senate chambers, potentially saving lives.

(CNN)A US Capitol Police officer bounded up the stairs of the Capitol building, a growing mob of insurrectionists behind him.

That man is Officer Eugene Goodman.

Footage from Wednesday's attack on the Capitol shows him leading the mob of Trump supporters in the opposite direction of the Senate chambers after he noticed it was unguarded.

CNN producer Kristin Wilson identified Goodman through US Capitol Police sources.

The agency has not publicly identified Goodman to CNN or other outlets.

Footage from Wednesday captured by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic shows Goodman, the sole officer among the mob, trying to beat the rioters back several times as he radios other officers, but they continue to trail Goodman up the stairs.

Goodman then leads the rioters to the right, away from the Senate chambers -- and their "targets," Wilson said.

Goodman leads them into a larger hall, and backup officers arrive -- still outnumbered by rioters.

Bobic said Goodman herded the rioters away from the Senate Chambers at 2:14 p. m. Senators were alerted that protesters had breached the Capitol building just one minute earlier, according to CNN's timeline of events from Wednesday's riot.

CNN has reached out to US Capitol Police for comment on Goodman's actions and is waiting to hear back.

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