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Capitol Police officer dies after being injured during US Capitol riots

Police stand guard at the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the US Congress, in Washington, US, January 6, 2021. © REUTERS/Jim Bourg

8 December, 2021

A Police officer injured during the clashes with police by pro-Trump supporters in Washington, DC has died, marking the fifth fatality connected to the unrest.

According to a statement from the Capitol, the police officer, Brian D. Sicknick passed away on Thursday evening. The department claimed that Brian was injured while “physically engaging” with protesters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. 

“He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the statement read, adding that his death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the US Capitol Police, and relevant federal agencies. 

The department issued a statement earlier on Thursday in which it denied that any of its officers died as a result of the riots. The force acknowledged that some of its personnel had been injured and hospitalized but that none had passed away.

Additional four other deaths have been linked to Wednesday’s unrest in the capital. Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was fatally shot by an officer as a group of protesters attempted to force their way into the Senate chamber. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting. The other three deaths were described as resulting from “medical emergencies” that occurred during the protest. 

Capitol Police have come under scrutiny for their handling of the security breach. The department’s chief, Steven Sund, announced his resignation on Thursday, which will take effect on January 16. 

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