Two Pennsylvania National Guardsmen have been placed on administrative leave after their deployment over the Fourth of July weekend became public.
Pennsylvania National Guard officials said in a statement Friday that one member of the Pennsylvania National Security Guard and one member were in active duty during the Fourth.
The guard said in the statement that they are currently reviewing the matter to determine the next course of action.
The Guard said they had deployed three officers to assist the governor’s special operations task force during the weekend.
The National Guard said the state’s National Guard, which has a budget of $14 billion, “provides an effective, professional and flexible force for our communities to meet the needs of our diverse and complex needs.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a statement, saying the Guard was “deeply saddened by the loss of the lives of these Pennsylvania National guardsmen.
We will provide assistance to their families during this difficult time.”
The Guard’s statement came after a gunman opened fire at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Monday, killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
The attack was the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.