A United States Capitol Police officer died Thursday night time from injuries sustained when he engaged with a pro-Trump mob that descended on the U.S. Capitol the day earlier than.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick died at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Capitol Police said in a statement. He had been with the company since 2008.
Mr. Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday and “was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” the company’s assertion stated, though officers didn’t instantly elaborate on the nature of his injuries or how he interacted with the crowd. After sustaining the injuries, Mr. Sicknick returned to his division workplace, collapsed, and was taken to the hospital.
“The entire U.S.C.P. department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” the assertion stated. News retailers had prematurely reported on his dying earlier in the day whereas he was apparently nonetheless on life assist.
Homicide investigators from the Metropolitan Police Department are concerned in the case.
Mr. Sicknick’s dying brings the dying toll from Wednesday’s mayhem to 5. One of the individuals collaborating in the pro-Trump rampage was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer inside the constructing. Three different individuals died after experiencing medical emergencies, officers stated.
Authorities have stated some 50 officers had been injured as the mob swarmed barricades, threw objects, battered doorways, smashed home windows and overwhelmed a few of the officers who tried to withstand the advancing crowd.
Capitol Police reported 14 arrests during the incursion, together with two individuals who had been detained for assaulting a police officer. Local police arrested dozens of others, largely for illegal entry and violations of the metropolis’s Wednesday night time curfew.
Steven Sund, the Capitol Police chief, handed in his resignation on Thursday after going through stress from congressional leaders.