WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Representative Pat Fallon, TX-04, said he began questioning what was happening on Wednesday when he saw Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi quietly leave.
Representative Ronny Jackson, TX-13, said what happened next became a fight or flight situation.
“There was this incessant pounding and screaming,” Rep. Fallon said, “We just don’t have any idea what’s on the other side of that door.”
“But they weren’t just banging on the doors, they were ramming the doors,” Rep. Jackson said, “the doors were buckling.”
Representative Fallon remembers everyone in the House Chambers being told to stay seated; that the Capitol had been breached.
“And then we hear the lawbreakers,” he said.
As the rioters got closer, and Capitol police began evacuating lawmakers, Rep. Jackson said he knew “we have to figure out a way to slow this down.”
That’s when both men, joined by two other Texas representatives, began breaking furniture to try and barricade the doors.
Eventually, the situation would get too dangerous for any of the men to stay.
“There was a loud pop pop pop pop and the glass started breaking,” Rep. Jackson said.
As many look back on the day questioning why and how the riots could have happened, Rep. Fallon said what he’ll remember most from the day is watching his other Texans take charge.
“Nearly welling up with tears and I had goosebumps because of the way they just held firm,” he said.
Rep. Fallon said while he is not yet familiar with Capitol police protocol entirely, he is going to be asking for a further review of it, calling this an unacceptable breach that should never happen again.