Capitol riot: One police officer dead

Capitol police has confirmed the death of a police officer Officer Brian Sicknick on Thursday January 7, after he succumbed to injuries. Making the number of deaths from the Capitol riot to be 5.

A statement was released by the Capitol Police saying Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away Thursday night “due to injuries sustained while on-duty.”

Officer Sicknick was injured while physically engaging with the rioters and collapsed after returning to his division office. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the Capitol Police statement said.

“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 added.

His death is now being investigated

Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.

The four other people who died in the riot have been identified as Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force vet, Kevin Greeson, 55, of Alabama, 50-year-old Benjamin Phillips of Pennsylvania, and 34-year-old Georgia resident Rosanne Boyland.

Several DC Metropolitan Police officers were also injured during the uprising, police Chief Robert Contee said. One officer had significant facial injuries from being struck by a projectile, and another officer was hospitalized after being pepper-sprayed.

Metro Police made 80 arrests related to unrest this week in downtown DC, including 68 arrests Wednesday night, according to a mayor’s spokeswoman. Most were for violations of the mayor’s 6 p.m. curfew.

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