One Alabama man died, another arrested during Wednesday’s turmoil on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee on Thursday announced that Kevin Greeson, an Alabamian, died during the rioting on the U.S. Capitol Complex the previous day.
Greeson, 55, was a resident of Athens. The police chief said he was one of three people to die from separate medical emergencies during Wednesday’s turmoil. One woman was also shot and killed inside the Capitol by a police officer.
Nexstar reported that Greeson died from a heart attack, per family members.
Additionally, U.S. Capitol Police have announced that one Yellowhammer State resident was arrested on Wednesday.
Lonnie Coffman of Falkville was arrested on charges related to an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition. Coffman is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.,” stated Steven Sund, chief of U.S. Capitol Police. “Maintaining public safety in an open environment – specifically for First Amendment activities – has long been a challenge. The USCP had a robust plan established to address anticipated First Amendment activities. But make no mistake – these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior. The actions of the USCP officers were heroic given the situation they faced, and I continue to have tremendous respect in the professionalism and dedication of the women and men of the United States Capitol Police.”
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn