USCP has failed to provide Liebengood’s cause of death. He was 51 years old.
Legislators immediately issued statements mourning his death and calling for additional support for U.S. Capitol police officers following Wednesday’s uprising that killed five people and dozens of officers wounded.
“Officer Liebengood was a patriot who devoted his life to defending the Capitol and protecting all who serve, work in and visit this temple of our democracy,” said spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “His death is a great tragedy heightened the horror of the past week.”
“Our officers need more than gratitude,” tweeted Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.). “You need authentic, capable leadership and meaningful support and I urge my colleagues to join me and demand it immediately.”
Liebengood’s death comes days after USCP announced the death of Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed after facing the crowd of rioters who raided the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump announced on Sunday afternoon that in memory of Sicknick and Liebengood and their “service and sacrifice”, he had ordered flags to be hoisted on half-staff. In Sicknick’s memory, the Capitol had already hoisted its flags to half its employees.