U.S. Capitol Police officer dies after attack on Congress

Four other people died during the siege of the Capitol on Wednesday. One of them was a 35-year-old woman who was shot and killed while climbing through a window in the Capitol. Three others died from medical emergencies.

More than 50 police officers were injured and several were hospitalized, USCP said earlier Thursday.

The growing number of deaths from the unprecedented attack on Capitol Hill is due to the enormous complex facing a bill for its security, including the operations of its 1,800-strong police force. On Thursday, the Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, Senate Sergeant Michael Stenger, and House Sergeant Paul Irving resigned.

Sicknick was initially in critical condition when reports of his death surfaced. But USCP confirmed in a statement that he died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. USCP, the Homicide Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department, and federal law enforcement agencies will be investigating Sicknick’s death.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) And Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Chair of the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, released a joint statement late Thursday evening mourning Sicknick’s death.

“This tragic loss should remind us all of the bravery of the police officers who protected us, our colleagues, Congress officials, the press corps and other important workers yesterday,” the legislature wrote. “To honor the memory of Officer Sicknick, we must ensure that the mob who attacked the People’s House and those who instigated them are fully accountable.”

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Said in a statement early Friday morning that the news was “nerve-wracking”.

“None of this should have happened,” said Sasse. “Our country grieves for the grieving families. Lord, have mercy.”

Melanie Zanona contributed to this report.

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