Third capitol riot police officer Jeffrey Smith dies by suicide days after responding to siege that claimed life of colleague Brian Sicknick
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Officer Jeffrey Smith took his own life following the January 6 riots, Acting MPD police chief Robert Contee III confirmed.
He was one of three officers who died after the riot at the Capitol.
“We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families,” said Contee.
According to the Associated Press and people familiar with the matter said Officer Howard Liebengood’s death was an apparent suicide.
It was not clear whether his death was connected to Wednesday’s events, despite the officer being one of several cops who responded to the riots inside the Senate.
AP also reports that officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Gus Papanthanasiou the chairman for Capitol police, confirmed officer Howard Liebengood was among the police officers involve in the capital riots.
He added: “This is the second death of a USCP Officer in just two days, with the passing of Officer Brian D. Sicknick on Thursday evening from injuries sustained while on duty during the assault on the Capitol on January 6th.
“We also mourn the recent death of Officer Eric marshall who died on January 2, 2021 fighting cancer. Their lives and service will not be forgotten.”
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