The family of the Capitol Hill police officer who died after last week's riots has now confirmed his cause of death.

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Now, this past week has arguably brought one of the most chaotic moments in the history of U.S politics.

As the plans for Biden's presidency unfold, tensions among the pro-Trump community have escalated.

And, while it took weeks for the president himself to concede to Biden...

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His supporters have continued to fuel the flames behind his various election fraud allegations.

And on Wednesday last week, those tensions reached a breaking point.

On January 6th, during which a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden’s election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.

Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...

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Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"

The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...

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And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.

A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...

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With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.

From this, more violence ensued...

As rioters clashed with the few police officers in presence.

The scenes shocked people all over the globe...

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And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.

Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.

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Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.

It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...

"One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds," Contee said, "which resulted in their deaths."

From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.

The president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.

He instead issued a series of tweets...

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Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."

Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:

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"Go home, we love you, you’re very special." Shortly afterward, his Twitter account was suspended indefinitely.

Days on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...

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But the the actions of those at the riots haven't come without big consequences...

It was this week confirmed that Howard Liebengood, one of the Capitol Police officers who responded to the violent riots, has died.

This is the most devastating instalment to an already turbulent situation.

A family spokesman delivered the devastating news on Monday...

"His death is a tragedy that has deprived all of us a dedicated public servant," Barry Pollack, a lawyer representing the Liebengood family, said in a statement. "His family has suffered a devastating loss and asks that they be given space to grieve in private."

Liebengood leaves behind his wife and siblings, Pollack said.

On Sunday morning, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) confirmed the death of the fifteen-year veteran in a statement.

"The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death on January 9, 2021, of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51," the statement reads.

"He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Department since April 2005. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. We ask that his family, and other USCP officers' and their families' privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time."

Liebengood joined the law enforcement agency back in 2005...

And was assigned to the Senate Division.

His family confirmed that he died by suicide.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Officer Liebengood's family and we mourn the death of a friend and colleague who worked alongside us to protect the lives of the Members of Congress, their staff and all who serve at the U.S. Capitol," the union's statement read.

"We pay tribute to his service and we grieve for the loss of a fellow officer," the statement added.

Rest in peace, Officer Howard Liebengood.