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Prosecutors in the US The attorney’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation in the death of Brian D. Sicknick, a United States Capitol police officer who died Thursday night, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Sicknick was injured Wednesday when a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the United States Capitol. He died at approximately 9:30 pm ET Thursday (1:30 pm Friday AEDT) “due to injuries sustained while on duty,” Capitol Police officials said in a statement.

The death is being investigated by the homicide section of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the US Capitol Police and their federal partners.

Capitol Police in riot gear.
Capitol Police in riot gear. (AP)

“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol. He was injured while physically participating with the protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a hospital. place where he succumbed to his injuries, “the statement said.

Sicknick had joined the Capitol Police in July 2008 and most recently served in the department’s First Aid Unit.

“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on his loss, and regrets the loss of a friend and colleague,” said Capitol Police.

Sicknick is the fifth person to die as a result of Wednesday’s insurrection. A woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police when crowds stormed the building and three others suffered fatal medical emergencies.

Capitol police officers in riot gear push back protesters attempting to break through a door of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, Jan.6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana) (AP)

Shortly after 1 p.m. ET Wednesday (5 a.m. Thursday AEDT), hundreds of pro-Trump protesters broke through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they fought with officers in full riot gear, some calling officers ” traitors “for doing their job.

About 90 minutes later, police said protesters entered the building and the doors to the House and Senate were closed. Soon after, the police evacuated the floor of the house. Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, where he was to play his role in counting electoral votes.

An armed confrontation took place at the main door of the House around 3 pm ET (7 am Thursday AEDT), and the police officers targeted someone who was trying to break it.

Protesters storm the Capitol Building during a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The joint session of the House and Senate was put on recess after the infraction as it met to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November. choice. (Photo by Chris Kleponis / Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) (Sipa USA via AP)

As a result of the episode, United States Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigns. It said in a statement earlier Thursday that Capitol police and other law enforcement officers were “actively attacked” with metal tubes and other weapons.

“They were determined to enter the Capitol causing great damage,” Sund said.

“The violent attack on the United States Capitol is unlike any I have experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, DC,” he added. “Maintaining public safety in an open environment, specifically for First Amendment activities, has been a challenge for a long time.”

Still, lawmakers say they are perplexed by the lack of preparedness among law enforcement, given that Trump had been known for weeks to promote a rally that he said was aimed at preventing certification of Biden’s victory.

Capitol fenced off after a day of chaos

Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat who was locked in the House chamber during an armed confrontation between Capitol police and a riot, praised the officers in the building who risked their lives, but made it clear that they were outnumbered and law enforcement poorly prepared.

“The Capitol Police I was close with did an incredible job under difficult circumstances,” Quigley told CNN. “My concern was not how brave the Capitol Police were. It was that an hour before the debate started, I looked at the crowds of people surrounding different sections of the Capitol and said, we don’t have enough security.”

Quigley added, “I’m not a security expert, but you can tell we were out-staffed an hour before the debate,” referring to congressional procedures for certifying Biden’s victory.

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