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Police officer dies after ‘engaging with protestors’ at U.S. Capitol riot, police now confirm

A U.S. Capitol Police Officer confirmed that Officer Brian D. Sicknick died on Thursday night after sustaining injuries during a mob uprising at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the statement read.

Earlier Thursday, following multiple reports that an officer had died, Capitol police issued a statement denying that any officers had died, while acknowledging that some had been hospitalized.

Capitol Police union chair Gus Papathanasiou has earlier Thursday told WUSA, a Washington D.C.-based news station, that an officer died, but changed his statement after Capitol police issued the denial.

“He had a stroke. I think he’s on life support. We’ve got some misinformation on that. He’s on life support from what I’m hearing,” Papathanasiou told CNN Thursday night.

The officer is the fifth person to have died in connection to an uprising. One woman, a U.S. Air Force veteran, died in a police-involved shooting, and three others died of what police described as “separate medical emergencies.”

According to CNN, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch, the US Capitol Police and federal agency partners will investigate Sicknick’s death. He was 42 years old.

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[Feature image: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana]