US police officer ‘dies by suicide’ three days after US Capitol rioting

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A police officer has reportedly taken his own life three days after the force responded to Donald Trump's supporters storming Congress.

It has been announced Officer Howard Liebengood died while off-duty on Saturday.

The US Capitol Police the 51-year-old's death in a statement, the second officer to die in the aftermath of the chaos.

Unconfirmed US reports claimed that Officer Liebengood died by suicide, but the agency did not disclose a cause of death.

They said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Officer Howard Liebengood died while off-duty on Saturday, it has been confirmed
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"We ask that his family, and other USCP officers' and their families' privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time."

Last week's breach of the government building was a stunning assault on American democracy at a time when Congress was certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

The tragic news comes after US Capitol Police announced Officer Brian Sicknick died of injuries suffered during clashes with the pro-Trump fanatics.

He died on Thursday after reportedly having been hit over the head by a fire extinguisher during the riots.

The storming of Congress created headlines around the world
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Tragic Officer Liebengood had been with the force a number of years
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"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots…and was injured while physically engaging with protesters," they said in a statement.

He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday after being taken to hospital following his collapse upon returning to the force's HQ, they added.

Metropolitan homicide officials will investigate the death of Sicknick, who joined the U.S. Capitol Police in 2008, along with the USCP and its federal partners, police said.

Donald Trump's reaction to the Captiol invasion drew strong criticism
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Four other people died in the storming of the US Capitol, including US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit, who was shot dead by police.

The out-going president's fanatics Kevin Greeson, Benjamin Phillips and Roseanne Boyland all died due to "medical reasons" while involved in the riots.

Acting great Arnold Schwarzenegger has meanwhile called Trump the 'worst President ever' in powerful statement.

Officer Brian Sicknick died at the scene
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Addressing fans, Arnie said: “I grew up in Austria, he began. “I’m very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.

“It was night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys.

“Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States.

Supporters of out-going Trump protest stormed the building
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“The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol.

“But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol, they shattered the ideas we took for granted."

He added: “President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election and of a fair election.

“He sought a coup by misleading people with lies. My father and our neighbours were also mislead with lies, and I know where such lies lead."

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