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US Capitol Police officer dies from injuries after riot by Trump supporters

US Capitol Police officer dies from injuries after riot by Trump supporters

United States Capitol Police set up a fence near the US Capitol in Washington on Jan 7, 2021. (Photo: AFP/John Moore, Getty Images)

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.

Four protesters died, including a woman who was shot by police. Three other deaths were reported on the Capitol grounds, but the circumstances remained unclear.

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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.

Source: AFP/kg

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