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Second Capitol Police Officer Dies Days After Responding to Capitol Hill Incursion

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A second member of the U.S. Capitol Police who was on duty during Wednesday’s chaotic incursion has died.

The Capitol Police announced the second death in its ranks with a sparse statement issued Sunday.

“The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death on January 9, 2021, of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51.  He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Department since April 2005.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues,” the statement said.

“We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time,” the statement said.

Citing what it said were “two people familiar with the matter,” an Associated Press dispatch published by WIVB-TV  reported Liebengood’s death as an apparent suicide.

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The Capitol Police officers’ union said Liebengood had participated in efforts to control the rioting Wednesday, according to WRC-TV.

“We are reeling from the death of Officer Liebengood. Every Capitol Police Officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of USCP. This is a tragic day,” Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement, according to WRC.

Liebengood is the son of Howard Liebengood, who was the sergeant-at-arms of the Senate from 1981 to 1983, according to The New York Times.

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Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died Thursday.

The Capitol Police statement announcing Officer Sicknick’s death said he  “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.”

No official explanation of how Sicknick was injured has been released. Although some media accounts have said he was struck with a fire extinguisher, other accounts have suggested there were underlying health conditions at work.

Sicknick’s brother, Ken Sicknick, in discussing the loss, summed it up this way, according to ProPublica: “This political climate got my brother killed.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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