WASHINGTON — An officer died Thursday from injuries he sustained Wednesday while responding to a riot at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.
NEW: Officer Brian Sicknick's family has provided ABC his photo.— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC7News) January 8, 2021
Officer Sicknick was injured while clashing with pro-Trump rioters breaching the U.S. Capitol. He passed away last night. https://t.co/UOoVGC2y6A pic.twitter.com/QPFujrWg8s
According to Capitol police, one of the department’s officers, Brian D. Sicknick, died at an area hospital about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the day after supporters of President Donald Trump breached the Capitol as lawmakers tallied electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election.
Sicknick’s death is the fifth tied to Wednesday’s violence.
Here’s what we know about Sicknick:
1. He died ‘due to injuries sustained while on-duty,’ Capitol police said in a statement.
In a news release issued late Thursday, Capitol police said Sicknick was hurt “while physically engaging with protesters” on Wednesday.
“He returned to his division office and collapsed,” the release said. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP and our federal partners.”
2. He joined the department more than 12 years ago.
Capitol police said Sicknick joined the department in July 2008, according to the news release. He “most recently served in the department’s first responders’ unit,” the release added.
“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” the department said in a statement. “We ask that Officer Sicknick’s family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this time.”
3. His brother called him a ‘hero.’
ABC News reported that Sicknick’s brother, whose name was not listed, provided the following statement to the network:
“After a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero,” the statement read. “I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family. My family and I hope that our privacy can be respected as we grieve. Thank you.”
4. Several politicians and public figures took to social media to react to Sicknick’s death.
Several politicians, including Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who had supported Trump’s efforts to challenge the presidential election results, offered their condolences after learning of Sicknick’s death.
Here’s what they were saying:
On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) January 8, 2021
May he Rest In Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.
Devastating. Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 8, 2021
Yesterday's terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted. https://t.co/OMH1C1tc5v
My sincerest condolences to the Sicknick family. I’m grateful for Officer Sicknick’s service to our country and his work to protect everyone who worked at the Capitol. My heart goes out to his loved ones. https://t.co/6REAZNrZmb— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) January 8, 2021
My prayers are with the family and colleagues of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. https://t.co/bwWF00Rz1Z— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 8, 2021
I said earlier it didn’t have to be this way. Now five people have died, including Officer Sicknick. There are so many who should feel utterly ashamed, if they were capable. https://t.co/Phvsdz1mLU— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) January 8, 2021
Shame on the president, his congressional allies, and those who sacked the Capitol. This officer was defending the democracy that ensures your liberty and you took his life. My deepest condolences and gratitude to Officer Sicknick’s family. The nation is forever indebted to you. https://t.co/KqiLANJ6kz— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) January 8, 2021
My heart breaks over the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured in the violent assault on the Capitol. My prayers are with his family + colleagues on the force. This tragic loss is a reminder of the bravery of the law enforcement who protect us every day.— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) January 8, 2021
My heart breaks over the senseless death of Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was injured in yesterday’s assault on the Capitol.— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) January 8, 2021
To honor his memory, we must ensure that the mob who attacked the People’s House and those who instigated them are held accountable.
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