US Capitol Police officer dies after riot

Officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered a stroke and died the day after physically engaging with protesters at the U.S. Capitol

Duty Death: Brian D. Sicknick - [District of Columbia]

End of Service: 01/07/2021


On April 19, 2021, a Washington, D.C. medical examiner announced that Officer Brian Sicknick suffered a stroke and died from natural causes. The cause and manner of Sicknick's death has at times been contested since his passing on Jan. 7, 2021. An initial statement from the Capitol Police said Sicknick died “due to injuries sustained while on-duty...and was injured while physically engaging with protesters" at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The medical examiner's office later said an autopsy found no evidence that Sicknick suffered internal or external injuries related to the siege.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police says an officer who was injured after responding to riots at the Capitol has died.

Officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday due to injuries sustained while on-duty, physically engaging with protesters at the U.S. Capitol, the statement said.

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was tallying the Electoral College votes to confirm Democrat Joe Biden won the election. Sicknick returned to his division office and collapsed, the report said. He was taken to a hospital and later died.

The death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and federal law enforcement. Sicknick joined the Capitol police in 2008.

Democratic leaders of the House Appropriations Committee said the “tragic loss” of a Capitol police officer “should remind all of us of the bravery of the law enforcement officers who protected us, our colleagues, Congressional staff, the press corps and other essential workers″ during the hourslong takeover of the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters.

 

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