A United Stated Capitol Police Officer has died of injuries sustained during clashes with a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters who overran a session of Congress.
AFP reports that it was the first Law Enforcement death stemming from the violence at the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, which saw flag-waving crowds overwhelm Police and break into the legislature.
Four protesters died, including a woman who was shot by Police, while three other deaths were reported on the Capitol grounds, but the circumstances remained unclear.
Capitol Police said in a statement that: “Officer Brian Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the Force, was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters.”
The statement said the Officer returned to his division office and collapsed; adding that he was taken to a local Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night, January 7, 2021.