WASHINGTON: A United States Capitol Police officer has died of injuries sustained during clashes with a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters who overran a session of Congress, police said late on Thursday (Jan 7).
It was the first law enforcement death stemming from the violence at the Capitol on Wednesday which saw flag-waving crowds overwhelm police and break into the legislature.
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Officer Brian Sicknick was "responding to the riots on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters", Capitol Police said in a statement.
"He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries" on Thursday night, it said.