A US Capitol police officer has died days after Pro-Trump mobs rampaged through the Senate.
Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, died while off-duty on Saturday, January 9, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) announced in a statement.
Liebengood had been with the department since April 2005 and had been assigned to the Senate Division, the statement said.
Unconfirmed reports on social media claimed that Liebengood died by suicide.
Officer Liebengood's dad, Howard S Liebengood, was a former Sergeant at Arms of the Senate.
Upon Liebengood Snr's death, two weeks before his retirement in 2005, a resolution was sent to the President which read: "Mr. President, Howard Liebengood loved the Senate.
"He loved the purpose of this institution; he loved its tradition; and, above all, he loved its people.
"The Senate was his extended family, and we all are going to miss him very much."
In a statement following Liebengood Jnr's death, the USCP said: "The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death on January 9, 2021, of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51.
"He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Department since April 2005.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.
"We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time."
Liebengood is the second US Capitol Police officer to die since Wednesday's grim scenes.
Brian Sicknick died of injuries suffered during clashes with pro-Donald Trump fanatics at Capitol Hill.
There have been five other confirmed fatalities linked to the violent riots
"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots...and was injured while physically engaging with protesters," police said in a statement.
He succumbed on Thursday after being taken to hospital following his collapse upon returning to his divisional office, they added.
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