A Capitol Police Officer has died following injuries sustained during riots earlier this week.
The officer is the fifth person to die as a result of the siege on the Capitol building on Wednesday.
He has since been identified as Brian D. Sicknick.
Sicknick died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, police said.
In a statement, they confirmed:
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 death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.
Four others were confirmed dead after protesters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC.
One woman was reportedly shot in the neck by police as she and other protesters tried to storm a barricaded door with armed police on the other side.
Three more died following what police described as ‘medical emergencies’.
Many other protesters and police officers were injured during the invasion which was labelled a siege by Joe Biden.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Dozens of Trump supporters stormed the building and began rioting.
Footage shows one woman being rushed away on a stretcher by paramedics.
Thousands of Trump supporters gathered in DC Wednesday to have one last stand for the president.
But despite a huge police presence, many of them broke through the barricade and entered the Capitol building.
They did so as lawmakers inside were debating the certification of the presidential election.
Those protesting and rioting believe Trump won the election and that it was stolen from him.