Capitol police confirm death of officer following Wednesday’s violent attack

A U.S. Capitol Police Officer died Thursday night after sustaining injuries during Wednesday’s violent riots in Washington D.C., Capitol police confirmed in a statement.

“At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” the statement said.

“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. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

U.S. Capitol Police said his death will be investigated as a homicide by Capitol Police and federal agencies.

“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,” Capitol police said. “We ask that Officer Sicknick’s family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this time.”

Members of Congress also expressed their grievances after the death of Officer Sicknick was confirmed.

Sen. Ted Cruz called the death “devastating” on Twitter Friday morning.

“Devastating,” Cruz wrote. “Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote, “May he Rest in Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.

Officer Sicknick was one of five people that have been confirmed dead following the Capitol building siege.

Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbitt, died Wednesday after being fatally shot by Capitol police inside the Capitol building.

Benjamin Phillips of Pennsylvania, Rosanne Boylan of Georgia and Kevin Greeson of Alabama, died after suffering “medical emergencies,” said Mayor Bowser and D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee during a news conference.

“It didn’t have to be this way,” Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer said. “Now five people have died, including Officer Sicknick. There are so many who should feel utterly ashamed, if they were capable.”

According to Contee, more than 50 Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers suffered injuries during the attack, and several officers were hospitalized with serious injuries.

City police officers arrested 70 people Wednesday and Thursday on charges related to unrest, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said. Most of those arrests were for violating curfew, with many also facing charges of unlawful entry.

Bowser and other Democrats called for the top security officials at the Capitol to resign after the violent attack. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund handed in his resignation, effective next week. Senate Sargent-at-Arms Michael Stenger also resigned, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

By this weekend, 6,200 National Guard members will be placed in D.C. to support police and security efforts, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has confirmed.