January 16, 2021

Capitol Police Officer Dead From Riot Injuries, Homicide Investigation Launched

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A U.S. Capitol police officer has died from injuries sustained during Wednesday’s storming of Congress by a mob of President Trump’s supporters, the Capitol police confirmed on Thursday night, making this the fifth fatality of the riots.

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Members of the National Guard and the Washington D.C. police keep a small group of demonstrators … [+] away from the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Key Facts

U.S. Capitol Police identified the officer as 42-year-old Brian D. Sicknick who passed away at 9.30 p.m. on Thursday from injuries “sustained while on-duty,” according to a statement.

Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters,” said the U.S. Capitol police, after which he returned to his division office and collapsed.

“He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” explained the statement, with reports stating that Sicknick was on life support before he passed away.

Sicknick’s death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide Branch, the Capitol police and the agency’s federal partners, per the statement.

Crucial Quote

“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” read the statement from the Capitol police.

Key Background 

Four others died amid the protests, including a woman who was shot inside by a Capitol police officer inside the building. The other three died from medical emergencies amid the unrest. Over 50 officers sustained injuries on Wednesday, with 15 hospitalized, according to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), the lawmaker in charge of appropriating funds for the U.S. Capitol Police. Ryan said many were hit with lead pipes. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned from his post Thursday after facing widespread criticism for his handling of the violence at the Capitol.