Capitol police officer hailed a hero after leading mob away from Senate chamber

Washington D.C. Bureau

U.S. Capitol Police try to hold back protesters outside the east doors to the House side of the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTVI) — A Capitol police officer is being hailed a hero after he reportedly led the mob away from the Senate chamber last week.

Fox News reports the officer, identified by a CNN reporter as Eugene Goodman, was being chased by rioters but was able to lead them away from an open door near the Senate chambers, giving security enough time to lock it down.

An analysis of the events by The Washington Post says Goodman was able to hold back the mob for almost a minute.

A political reporter for the Huffington Post tweeted video of the moment protesters initially got into the building and were making their way to the Senate chamber. You can see an officer, believed to be Goodman, leading the crowd away from the Senate area.

The man seen chasing Goodman has been identified as 41-year-old Doug Jensen, of Des Moines, Iowa, according to a CNN and several other media outlets. He is now facing five federal charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct counts, according to news releases from the FBI’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska and the sheriff’s office in Polk County, Iowa.

The video showed a man who appears to be Jensen pursuing the officer up an interior flight of stairs as a mob of people follows. The officer is heard saying “get back” to no avail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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