as you can read in this powerful and troubling Washington Post story.
The McConnell adviser, who described his role on the condition of anonymity because of security concerns after the attack, reached out to former top officials at the Justice Department.Speaking in a whisper, he told one the situation was dire: If backup did not arrive soon, people could die.
And consider this, from the narrative of the day:
A seeming fortress from a distance, the Capitol contains more than 400 separate doors, entryways and ground-level windows. And police lines on all sides of the building were collapsing.
Where there could have been help, but it had not been requested:
In fact, a small quick-reaction force at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland had been assembled by the Defense Department to assist if needed — but it did not immediately respond because of a lack of a prior planning with Capitol police over how it might be deployed, Pentagon officials said.
Please keep reading. The article is long, and I am going to push fair use in what I offer.