A 51-year-old veteran cop who was posted in the Capitol, allegedly committed suicide after the DC riots left another officer dead.
Authorities and sources mentioned on Sunday how he died, just days after responding to the devastating riots in DC. The shocking incident at the Capitol rocked the nation, leading to a series of protests and a siege on the Congress. In the end, the deadly aftermath entailed 5 deaths, including another member from the cop’s own department.
51-year-old Howard Liebengood died while he was off duty, on Saturday, as announced by his own department via a public statement.
The department also shed light on how the officer was assigned duties towards the Senate Division, being a part of the same department since April 2005. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family members, colleagues, and friends,” it mentioned.
As far as the exact circumstances relating to his death are concerned, investigations are still going on. Therefore, officials failed to reveal details regarding the tragic case. However, some news sources did mention how several hints pointed towards an apparent suicide.
Liebengood was a part of the officers who responded immediately to the radical MAGA riots in the Capitol last week. The head of the same department’s labor union confirmed the news.
He also went on mentioning how the entire crew is still processing the devastating news regarding their member’s sudden death.
“Every Capitol officer always puts the safety of others, before their own security,” he mentioned.“Officer Liebengood was a true example of the wonderful and selfless service that stands as the hallmark for the USCP,” he added.
The shocking news came at a time when the department was still reeling from the grief of another officer who lost his life in the riots. Officer Brian Sicknick was pepper-sprayed while getting fatally bludgeoned by Trump supporters. They used a fire extinguisher upon him as they attempted to storm through the US Capitol on Wednesday.
Reports explained how the MAGA riots resulted in a futile attempt to try and prevent President-elect, Joe Biden’s victory in the US elections.