Second police officer dies by suicide in wake of Capitol Hill riot: Reports

Several deaths have been attributed to the mayhem on Capitol Hill earlier this month, including one police officer who died as a result of injuries sustained during the riot.

In the days since that Jan. 6 event, however, at least two officers have reportedly died as a result of suicide. The most recent case was announced by a law enforcement official earlier this week.

“Condolences to all the grieving families”

According to The Hill, Jeffrey Smith is believed to have taken his own life in recent days after he responded to the breach of the Capitol building by a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters.

The tragic news came by way of a statement from Chief of Metropolitan Police Robert Contee during testimony to the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

“We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families,” Contee said.

Sicknick died from his injuries a short time after the riot, and subsequent reports indicated that Liebengood died by suicide several days later.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Contee went into more detail, indicating that Smith had been injured during the riot and later killed himself while on the George Washington Parkway during his commute to work. U.S. Park Police officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Dealing with constant trauma”

“That was a very sad and tragic situation for us,” Contee explained. “He had been injured as a result of the confrontation that had occurred at the Capitol and a couple of days after that, the officer, he took his life.”

A 12-year veteran assigned to patrol, Smith had been working in the 2nd District, including the neighborhoods of Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, and Georgetown.

Liebengood, who had worked with the Capitol Police for 15 years at the time of the riot, was the first officer to have reportedly taken his own life in the wake of the deadly incident. Sicknick died the day after he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the riot, The Hill noted.

In addition to officers on the scene, one Trump supporter, identified as Ashli Babbitt, was fatally shot inside the Capitol building, and three others were confirmed dead from medical emergencies, according to reports. With roughly 850 Metropolitan Police officers on the scene at the height of the chaos, Contee told Congress that at least 65 of them reported injuries, and “many more” suffered unreported scratches or bruises.

Of course, he made it clear that the Jan. 6 event was not the first trying situation officer had been called to address in recent months, adding: “While the police officers are out here, you know, they’ve been in, really in a state of just dealing with constant trauma since the beginning of the unrest in the early part of the summer.”

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  1. My condolences to the families of all who have departed from this elections aftermath ,especially the 2 officers and Ashli the Air Force veteran, I also want to pay my respects to every person killed in the riots that have taken place across our country since the George Floyd murder ,there has to be a better way. How about the murder of the retired police officer in Missouri, we do not here anything from the left about this!!!! why not???? Because the left could care less about the loss of life

    1. I agree with you Paul, however something smells very fishy with this whole situation. Remember the black lady that was shot and killed by Capital police for simply making a wrong turn. In Washington D.C. one must be very careful what you do and say.

      1. Makes me wonder about these 2 cops that killed themselves. Did they know something and that they were afraid of being called in for questioning?

        1. This is fishy. Everyone who knows something dies? I’d check with Pelosi and her cronies. All the way to Clinton. They had a hand into this is my guess

          By the way. After submitting this if you hear I killed myself don’t believe it

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  3. Ashlee Babbit is the modern day “Joan of Arc”. We were fortunate having her in America and also thank her for her service in the U.S. Air Force.
    My family and I will forever honor her sacrifice.

    We also have disdain for the cowardly cop that killed her from his safe perch.
    What we would consider “EXCESSIVE FORCE”.

  4. There were some Trump supporters at the scene but the majority of the instigators were outsides like antifa, blm and soros people who urged the others on. The crooked FBI and the fake news will not report that…..

    1. Finally! Someone who tells it like it was!
      The left always tries to do “emotional Transference!”
      I was following it, basically real time!
      Suddenly they were doing a switch. Several days later a Trump supporter, who was still sitting on the lawn with others from those Trump supporters watched it go down.
      Not only that why, for years the rioters have been paid by Soros etall. And still are? And he is a Nazi from WWII days.
      Those are facts! Do your own research! You might try another search machine that is not so hell bent in starting American. Civil II

    2. My thoughts exactly (& I’m sure I am not alone. Sounds “fishy” —- those officers doing their duties, must have seen or knew something, “SOMEBODY”, did not to be out of the “bag”.) My heart goes out to their families — they have to live with this!

  5. Very sad but i can’t help to think many were involved….we need answers on the election fraud and the capitol …someone NOT in the fbi ! SAD TO SAY BUT THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED! They have proven to the American people that they don”t care about anyone but THE ELITE or POLITIONS!! PLEASE LET THEIR BE MORE PEOPLE TO RUN FOR OFFICE THAT HAVE US WORKING PEOPLE’S BEST INTEREST FIRST!

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