U.S. Capitol Police announced late Thursday that an officer hurt during this week’s violent assault on the chambers of Congress by protesters loyal to President Trump has died from his injuries.
“At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police said.
“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 that Sicknick had been taken to a local hospital and that his death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the U.S. Capitol Police and “our federal partners.”
The confirmation follows an earlier, premature report that the officer had died, which NPR incorrectly reported based on information from a well-placed source.
More than 50 criminal cases are being opened against pro-Trump extremists who engaged in violence during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
In addition to invading the House and Senate chambers, driving members of Congress into hiding, the extremists attacked police “with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday.
In a call with reporters, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, didn’t rule out charges of rioting, insurrection and seditious conspiracy.
Forty local cases had been filed with the D.C. Superior Court concerning entry to the Capitol, assault and possession of a firearm.