Updated: March 1, 2021
A U.S. Capitol police officer who was assaulted by pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday has died, police said in a statement.
Police identified the dead officer as Brian D. Sicknick, adding that he died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Sicknick had been with the department since 2008. Most recently, he was part of the first responder unit.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” USCP said in a statement. “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners,” police said, per ABC News.
The police officer was attacked by domestic terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon after President Trump urged them to “march” to the building where lawmakers were about to affirm Joseph R. Biden’s win.
The cop is the fifth person to die as a result of the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Ashli Babbit, from San Diego, a Trump support and an Air Force veteran was shot dead by Capitol Police on Wednesday after she broke into the building along with others. Three others suffered what was described as “medical emergencies” and died.
The pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, shattering windows, ransacking offices and breaking chair.