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...
via: GettyHis supporters have continued to fuel the flames behind his various election fraud allegations.
And on Wednesday last week, those tensions reached a breaking point.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...
via: GettyBreaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
via: GettyAnd 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...
via: GettyWith one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: GettyChief 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...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
"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.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...
via: GettyWhere 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:
via: Getty"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...
via: Getty Images
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.
Officer Howard Liebengood dedicated his life to defending the Capitol and protecting all those who walk its halls.… https://t.co/F5ZhubXxxi— Rep. Steve Womack (@Rep. Steve Womack)1610391781.0
This is the most devastating instalment to an already turbulent situation.
A family spokesman delivered the devastating news on Monday...
For nearly 16 years, Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood honorably carried out his duty of protecting the hall… https://t.co/VyIE93UMAx— Kevin McCarthy (@Kevin McCarthy)1610306396.0
"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.
🔥Everything I’ve read about Howard Liebengood Jr has been that he was a kind man and excellent Capitol Police Offic… https://t.co/FMG8L8xU1B— Venture Capital (@Venture Capital)1610366866.0
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.
Senate staff set up a table this afternoon near the entrance Officer Howard Liebengood frequently used to report to… https://t.co/ZH1Z88eeCu— Julie Tsirkin (@Julie Tsirkin)1610399594.0
"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...
New from Capitol Police: The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death of Officer Howar… https://t.co/Wz1L48Qpzv— Frank Thorp V (@Frank Thorp V)1610292674.0
And was assigned to the Senate Division.
His family confirmed that he died by suicide.
Breaking: @POTUS orders flags at half-staff “as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice” of U.S. Capitol Po… https://t.co/EYNmpWFtIp— Gabe Fleisher (@Gabe Fleisher)1610314378.0
"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.