A POLICE officer has told of the terrifying moment US Capitol rioters mobbed him, stole his gear, and called to, "kill him with his own gun".
Metropolitan cop Michael Fanone, 40, told CNN he was knocked down, beaten with pipes torn off nearby scaffolding, and tased with his own stun gun as he fought off a pro-Trump mob on the West Terrace of the Capitol last week.
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"Some guys started getting a hold of my gun and they were screaming out, 'Kill him with his own gun,'" said Fanone, who's been a police officer for almost two decades.
Fanone, a father of four, quickly realized he had no control over the situation and said it crossed his mind to use deadly force, but he thought he’d be killed if he did.
“The other option I thought of was to try to appeal to somebody’s humanity,” he told CNN.
“It was all about self-preservation…I appealed to their humanity…I just remember yelling out I have kids."
That strategy, fortunately, turned out to be effective when a group within the mob circled the officer to protect him until backup arrived, Fanone recalled.
"Thank you, but f*** you for being there," Fanone said of the people who saved his life in that moment.
Fanone was on another assignment in Washington when dispatchers issued a citywide emergency call for support as rioters besieged Congress while the Electoral College was casting votes on the 2020 election.
He and his partner rushed to the scene and set a perimeter to block one set of doors into the Capitol.
“We weren’t battling 50 or 60 rioters in this tunnel,” Fanone told the Post.
“We were battling 15,000 people. It looked like a medieval battle scene.”
Federal officials have described the violent attacks on police officers as disturbing.
"People are going to be shocked by some of the egregious contact that happened in the Capitol," acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said Tuesday in reference to attacks on police officers.
Fanone told CNN that cops were even being sprayed with chemical irritants.
"They had pipes and different metal objects, batons, some of which I think they had taken from law enforcement personnel. They had been striking us with those," he added.
According to the NY Post, five dozen Metropolitan Police officers were injured during the Capitol assault, among them were “bruised and sprained limbs, concussions, and irritated lungs.”
Fellow Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges was seen on video being crushed in a doorway by pro-Trump rioters inside the Capitol.
Hodges can be seen bleeding from the mouth as he cries out in pain and screams, “Help!” DC police said he was recovering well, according to the outlet.
One Capitol Police officer died from his injuries, and another who was on scene died by suicide on Saturday.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday more than 200 suspects have been identified as investigators continue to probe the attack that killed five people, including a Capitol police officer.
Security has been heightened at the political hub after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week.
The FBI has warned of the potential for further political unrest as further armed protests are expected to take place in Washington and other states loyal to Trump.
The president this week approved a Washington, DC, emergency declaration from January 11 to January 24 which orders federal assistance to aid the city's response efforts.
The Washington Monument has been closed to the public and the west steps of the Capitol are off-limits to the public ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration next week.
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