On January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump gather outside the Capitol in Washington DC.
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A U.S. Capitol Police officer died the day after clashing with a pro-Trump mob in the Capitol.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured while talking to protesters on Wednesday and returned to his departmental office, where he collapsed, Capitol spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. He was taken to a local hospital where he died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Sicknick, who joined Capitol Police in 2008, is the one fifth person to die from the violent clash in Washington on Wednesday.
Capitol Police fatally shot a veteran of the Air Force and ardent Trump supporter who was part of the mob that made it into the building. Three other people died in “medical emergencies” after the riot, officials said.
The news of the officer’s death comes shortly after Resignation of the US Capitol Chief of Police, Steven Sund Amid criticism of the department’s response to rioters who breached barricades, demolished the building and clashed with police.
Sund’s resignation will take effect January 16, just days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. The union head also called for a “change at the top”.