A second police officer who responded to the Capitol riots earlier this month has died by suicide.

This is utterly tragic...

It's hard to believe that the shocking riot that took place at the U.S Capitol building in Washington D.C happened over 3 weeks ago, right?

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Well, even though a lot has happened since then, the aftermath is still very much apparent.

Of course, the people involved in the violence have since been dealt with by the authorities...

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And they won't be getting away lightly with what they did.

But what about those who worked so hard to try and stop the rioters?

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So many police officers and security guards were left severely injured after trying to calm the angry rioters, and now, it seems that the emotional strain has gotten to become too much for one police officer.

Another officer who responded to the riots has reportedly died from suicide...

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Which has added to the tragic number of police officers and security guards who lost their lives as a result of that day.

Read on for the full story...

Where do we even start when it comes to the Capitol Hill riots that took place earlier this month?

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It all started on January 6th when the former president, Donald Trump, held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.

Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.

Trump's refusal to concede to the winner of the 2020 election and the now-president, Joe Biden, seemed to fuel the anger amongst his supporters...

And the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is now more apparent than ever.

Trump repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they needed to "take the election back"...

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Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."

He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.

This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...

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Where hell was well and truly unleashed.

A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.

Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.

People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal possessions.

And to make things even more terrifying...

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Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.

Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.

While Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement to try and calm his supports, he instead (and eventually) tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...

All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."

Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.

His reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...

Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to tweet, so this was a huge deal.

Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...

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And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.

It didn't take long for Pelosi to prepare a vote to impeach Trump for the second time in his first and only presidential term...

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And even though Vice-President Mike Pence refused to invoke the 25th amendment, which is what would have removed Trump from office immediately, it was voted shortly afterward to go forward with the impeachment.

On the afternoon of January 13th, Donald Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.

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The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted.

We're sure that all of his supporters who stormed the Capitol that day did not expect this...

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And we're also sure that they didn't expect to have legal action taken against them for their violent and illegal acts.

But perhaps the worst thing that came out of this terrible event was the amount of death that was caused.

5 people in total were killed during the riots, one of which was Capitol police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, who was attacked by numerous members of the violent mob.

He later died from his injuries, according to The Guardian.

The remaining 4 were among the supporters of Trump who stormed the Capitol...

And the news of these terrible deaths have certainly shocked the world.

But in the days following the riots, more tragedy was to follow.

Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide within days of responding to the scene.

And now, a second police officer has taken his own life after responding to the riots.

On Tuesday, acting D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III revealed in his opening statement to a closed session of the House Appropriations Committee that one of his officers, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after the riot.

Smith, who was thirty-five-years-old, had been a law enforcement officer for twelve years...

​And he was assigned to the Washington, D.C., neighborhoods of Cleveland Park and Georgetown.

Contee paid tribute to all of the 3 fallen officers who responded to the riots:

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

Rest in Peace to all of the officers who lost their lives to the violence that took place at the Capitol on that fateful day.

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Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to their families during this terrible time.