Maryland state troopers and the state’s National Guard were sent to assist Washington, D.C., law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to overturn the presidential election.
Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he was sending in 200 state troopers and had instructed the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard “to call up a rapid response force to support law enforcement and restore order.” Five hundred members of the Guard were being sent, according to a spokesman for the governor.
“All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol,” Hogan said. “This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American.”
Officers from other regional police departments, including the Baltimore Police Department, were mobilized as part of a task force to travel there if needed, officials said.
Dozens of people clashed with police at the Capitol and breached security perimeters, entering the building and roaming the halls of Congress as a crowd of thousands surrounded the building following a rally led by President Donald Trump. Lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda. One woman was shot and killed inside the building, police confirmed.
At least 13 people were arrested at the Capitol, and three of them were from Maryland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said. They were not immediately identified.
D.C. imposed a 6 p.m. curfew.
“We are advising everyone that is not engaged in essential activities to get off the street and adhere to the curfew,” D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said at a Wednesday evening news conference.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said he had spoken to Bowser to offer support.
“Baltimore stands ready to support our sister city,” Scott said.
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Local law enforcement agencies said they had units ready to assist with an effort led by state police if needed.
“We are creating operational readiness for if and when we are given a defined mission and operational period, and will be prepared to deploy, as needed,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement.
Baltimore County Police said they had 17 officers ready to assist in the effort. Police in Harford, Howard and Prince George’s County also said they were prepared to participate.
“At the request of the Maryland State Police, we have committed members of our Mobile Field Force Team to assist with the civil unrest in Washington, D.C. We are ready and will wait for deployment orders,” said Cristie Hopkins, a spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
FBI agents from the Baltimore field office have been deployed to D.C. to assist U.S. Capitol Police, an FBI spokeswoman said.
Baltimore Sun Media reporters Ana Faguy, McKenna Oxenden, Tim Prudente, and James Whitlow contributed to this article.