A U.S. Capitol Police officer died Thursday night after allegedly being struck in the head by a fire extinguisher during Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol.
A police statement confirmed the death of Officer Brian D. Sicknick late on Thursday evening after a day of confusion surrounding his wellbeing:
An earlier CNN report claimed that the officer died following “events stemming from” Wednesday’s Capitol riots.
CNN noted the officer “is now the fifth person to die as a result of the day’s violence.”
A US Capitol Police officer involved in the riots at the Capitol yesterday has died, according to two USCP sources
— Kristin Wilson (@kristin__wilson) January 7, 2021
However, a U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson said that those reports were inaccurate and that while the officer is in critical condition, the officer has not died.
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