WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Capitol Police confirmed the tragic death of one of their officers late on Thursday caused by injuries sustained after a pro-trump riot at the US capitol on Wednesday.
“At approximately 9:30 P.M. this evening, United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” read a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed,” the statement said.
According to the New York Times, the officer had been brutally beaten with a fire extinguisher. Over 50 criminal cases are being filed against the pro-Trump terrorist mob who attacked the Capitol on Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said charges could federal counts of rioting, insurrection, and sedition.
Members of the group attacked officers “with metal pipes” and “chemical irritants”, among other weapons, according to US Capitol Police.
News of the officer’s death came as Capitol Police chief Steven Sund announced his resignation.
With Sicknick’s death, the death toll from the violent attack on the Capitol is now up to five.