Trump supporters broke into the Capitol around 1pm on Wednesday, and clashed with officers in riot gear.
Over 50 people have been injured and some have been tragically killed, including police officer Sicknick who died on duty.
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Who was Brian D. Sicknick?
Brian D. Sicknick was a U.S. Capitol Police officer and military veteran who died from injuries suffered during a pro-Trump riot on January 6, 2021.
CBS News reported that he was a 15-year veteran of the force and died at 40-years-old.
How did he die in the Capitol?
Officer Brian D. Sicknick was fatally hurt in a clash with MAGA rioters on Wednesday and returned to his division office where he later collapsed.
The officer was then taken to a nearby hospital where he was placed on life support, according to Capitol Police union chairman Gus Papathanasiou.
He died of his injures around 9:30pm on Thursday, the US Capitol Police said earlier today.
CBS News reported that Sicknick had suffered a stroke before being placed on the life support.
However, the initial incident that caused the injuries is still unconfirmed.
As well as invading the House and Senate chambers, which drove members of Congress into hiding, Trump supporters attacked police "with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers," US Capitol Police said yesterday.
The riots were in response to lawmakers certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
One source told NewsNation on Thursday that a rioter assaulted officer Sicknick with a fire extinguisher.
The New York Times reported that he was also hit by the extinguisher.
However, another official told the Times a "chemical agent" may have led to his injuries.
“It was not clear if the blunt force had killed him; a chemical agent may have led to his death,” NYT reported, citing a source.
What did US Capitol Police say?
US Capitol Police released a statement about the officer's death.
They said: "At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty.
"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed."
Later, the US Capitol Police added: "The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.
"Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.
"The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague."
How many people have died in US Capitol riots?
A total of 5 people have died during the US Capitol riots, with officer Sicknick being the most recent announced.
Four Trump fanatics who have died have been identified as Ashli Babbitt, 35, who was shot dead in the Capitol building; while Roseanne Boyland, 34, Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, died after suffering "medical emergencies."
Trump supporters pushed through barriers around the perimeter of the Capitol around 1pm ET on Wednesday, and skirmishes ensued with officers in riot gear.
Some MAGA fans called the officers "traitors" for standing their posts.
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