The Capitol Police said Thursday that an officer has died after he sustained injuries while responding to the Wednesday riots, which engulfed the Capitol building, sent lawmakers into hiding, and paused the electoral certification process for the afternoon.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick, 42, who joined the force in 2008, was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Thursday evening, after he sustained unspecified injuries while on-duty the day before, the United States Capitol Police said in a press release late Thursday.
Sicknick, a member of the First Responder’s Unit, was “injured while physically engaging with protesters” while responding at the Capitol, said the department. Sicknick collapsed after returning to his division office, and was taken to the hospital, where “he succumbed to his injuries.”
Two law enforcement sources reportedly told The New York Times earlier in the day that an unnamed officer had been struck with a fire extinguisher during the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. ABC News