DC Police have identified the Capitol officer who died late Thursday from injuries he sustained during clashes with MAGA supporters a day earlier.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick was hurt when a protester hit his head with a fire extinguisher but managed to return to his division office where he collapsed.
He was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support only to succumb to his injuries at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
“It was not clear if the blunt force had killed him; a chemical agent may have led to his death,” an official told the NYT.
In the meanwhile, US Capitol Police announced that Sicknick’s death is being investigated by the homicide branch and federal partners.
“Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit,” the police statement said.
“The entire USPC Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague.”
At least 50 Capitol officers have sustained injuries during the armed clashes with Trump’s supporters as they forced their way to the Capitol Building.
Four pro-Trump fans have died in the mayhem including Ashli Babbit, 35, after she was fatally shot by police and Roseanne Boyland, Kevin Greeson, Benjamin Philips, when they suffered “medical emergencies.”