Days after pro-Trump protesters went on a rampage through the Senate, a US Capitol police officer died.
The United States Capitol Police (USCP) reported in a statement that Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, died while off duty on Saturday, January 9.
Since April 2005, Liebengood had been with the department and had been transferred to the Senate Division, the statement said.
Unconfirmed social media reports have suggested that Liebengood died of suicide.
The father of Officer Liebengood, Howard S Liebengood, was a retired Senate Weapons Sergeant.
A proposal was sent to the President after the death of Liebengood Snr, two weeks before his retirement in 2005, which read: “Mr. President, Howard Liebengood loved the Senate. ”
He loved this organization’s objective; he loved its tradition, and he loved its people above all.
“The Senate was his immediate family, and we all are going to be missing him very much.”
The USCP reported in a statement following the death of Liebengood Jnr: “The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death of Officer Howard Liebengood, 51 years of age, on January 9, 2021.”
He was assigned to the Senate Division and, since April 2005, has been with the Department.
To his family, friends, and colleagues, our thoughts and prayers go out.
“We ask that his family and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be protected during this profoundly difficult time.”
Since Wednesday’s grim events, Liebengood is the second US Capitol Police officer to die.
Brian Sicknick died from injuries sustained on Capitol Hill during fights with pro-Donald Trump fanatics.
Five other confirmed deaths related to the violent riots have been recorded.
‘Officer Sicknick responded to the protests… and was wounded while interacting with demonstrators physically,’ the police said in a statement.
After being admitted to the hospital regarding his collapse upon returning to his divisional office, he succumbed on Thursday, they added.