A veteran US Capitol Police officer has died by suicide, authorities and sources stated Sunday, days after he responded to the riot that killed 5 folks together with one other member of his division.
Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, died on Saturday whereas off-duty, the division introduced in a press release.
“He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Division since April 2005,” the assertion learn. “Our ideas and prayers exit to his household, associates, and colleagues.
“We ask that his household, and different USCP officers’ and their households’ privateness be revered throughout this profoundly tough time.”
The division didn’t disclose the circumstances of Liebengood’s loss of life, however sources characterised it as an obvious suicide.
It was not instantly clear what drove Liebengood — whose late father as soon as served as sergeant-at-arms for the Senate — to the act.
The top of the division’s labor union stated that Liebengood was among the many officers who responded to final week’s riot.
“We’re reeling from the loss of life of Officer Liebengood,” stated Gus Papathanasiou in a press release to a number of media shops. “Each Capitol Police Officer places the safety of others earlier than their very own security and Officer Liebengood was an instance of the selfless service that’s the hallmark of USCP.
“This can be a tragic day.”
Liebengood’s loss of life got here because the division was nonetheless mourning Officer Brian Sicknick, who was pepper-sprayed and fatally bludgeoned with a hearth extinguisher when supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in a futile try to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
The division itself is underneath intense scrutiny for the convenience with which the mob overwhelmed Capitol Police and compelled their method into the seat of American democracy.
Chief Steven Sund has introduced his resignation from the pressure, efficient Jan. 16.