The U.S. Capitol Police officer who died from injuries sustained in the riot on Wednesday wanted to be a police officer his total life, his household mentioned.
Brian Sicknick, who joined the Capitol Police in 2008, was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” Wednesday and returned to his division workplace, the place he collapsed, Capitol Police mentioned in a statement. He was taken to a hospital, the place he died about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He was 42.
He is the fifth particular person to die within the violent protests.
The New York Times and The Associated Press, citing two legislation enforcement officers, reported that Sicknick was hit within the head with a hearth extinguisher throughout the melee on the Capitol.
His dying will be investigated by Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and federal companies, the Capitol Police assertion mentioned.
Sicknick was born in South River, New Jersey, and was the youngest of 4 boys, his household mentioned in a press release Friday.
His household mentioned he always wanted to be a police officer and “joined the New Jersey Air National Guard as a means to that end.”
The N.J. National Guard mentioned Sicknick enlisted in 1997.
“In doing so, he served his country honorably in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Desert Shield,” his household mentioned.
The household declined a request for an interview Friday and referred NBC News to their assertion.
“Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown, and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue,” the family said. “Brian is a hero and that’s what we want folks to keep in mind.”
President Donald Trump urged protesters at a rally near the White House on Wednesday to head to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who is the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, which opened a review into the law enforcement response to the Capitol riot, expressed sorrow in a Twitter post, saying her “coronary heart breaks” over Sicknick’s “mindless dying.”
“To honor his reminiscence, we should make sure that the mob who attacked the People’s House and people who instigated them are held accountable,” she said.
Mosheh Gains contributed.