D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone described what he encountered when he engaged the mob that sieged the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, saying he heard someone screaming to “kill him” with his own gun.
Fanone was one of several officers who spoke to CNN in interviews shared by the network Thursday. He described what it was like to go up against the mob that day, saying he was stripped of his gear, his spare ammunition, had his police radio ripped off his chest and had his badge stolen.
“Some guys started getting a hold of my gun and they were screaming out, ‘Kill him with his own gun,’ ” Fanone said.
Fanone, a narcotic detective, told CNN that he raced to the Capitol with his partners to help officers who were being pushed back by rioters. At one point, he said he thought about using deadly force because he was overpowered by the mob but decided against it, thinking he would be overpowered again.
“So, the other option I thought of was to try to appeal to somebody’s humanity. And I just remember yelling out that I have kids. And it seemed to work,” he told the news outlet.
He said a group within the rioters protected him until help arrived. Of that group, Fanone said, “Thank you … but f— you for being there.”
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