A Capitol police officer who responded to last week’s riot, led by supporters of President Donald Trump in Washington, died on duty Saturday, U.S. Capitol police confirmed.
Howard Liebengood, a 51-year-old police officer, was part of the response as pro-Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building, according to a statement from his police union on Sunday. Liebengood, who joined the USCP in 2005, died while out of service and the cause of death has not been revealed.
“We are shaken by the death of Officer Liebengud,” union president Guus Papatanasiou said on Sunday. “Every Capitol police officer puts the safety of others before their own safety, and Officer Liebengood is an example of selfless service that is a hallmark of the USCP. This is a tragic day. “
A bipartisan homage to Liebengood ̵
“For nearly 16 years, Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood has honorably performed his duty to defend the halls of Congress,” McCarthy wrote. “Judy and I pray for Howard’s family and the entire Capitol Hill community as we experience the loss of a great man.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are addressed to his family, friends and colleagues,” USCP said as it announced Liebengood’s death. “We ask that his family, as well as the privacy of other USCP staff and their families, be respected during this extremely difficult time.”
Liebengood’s death follows the death of fellow officer Brian D. Siknik, who died Thursday from injuries sustained in the riot. Papatanasiou noted that the department also lost a third officer, Eric Marshall, on January 2 after a battle with cancer.
“Their life and service will not be forgotten,” Papatanasiou said.