A police officer on duty at the U.S. Capitol riot this month has taken his own life, the second police officer to commit suicide following the insurrection.
As Fox 5 D.C. reports, acting Metro police chief Robert J. Contee III said at a news conference Tuesday night that an officer with the city’s police department had taken his own life a week after the mob riot on January 6. The acting chief identified the deceased as Officer Jeffrey Smith, who had been with the Metro police department for 12 years.
Officer Smith reportedly died on January 15. According to the Washington Post, Smith was a patrol officer assigned to the city’s second district and was at the Capitol when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building on the day Congress was set to confirm the electoral votes from the November election. The police chief did not reveal the officer’s cause of death.
Smith is the second police officer to die of suicide since the riot. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Capitol police officer Howard Liebengood, , took his own life on January 9. A third police officer, 42-year-old Brian Sicknick, died on January 7 after he was injured during an encounter with protesters.
“We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families,” Contee said at the news conference.
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