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Capitol Police officer dies from injuries after clashing with pro-Trump mob

A US Capitol Police officer has died a day after clashing with a pro-Trump mob in Washington, DC.

Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured while engaging with protesters Wednesday and returned to his division office, where he collapsed, Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said.

He was taken to a local hospital where he died about 9:30pm Thursday (local time).

Sicknick, who joined the Capitol Police department in 2008, is the fifth person to die from Wednesday’s violent clash in Washington.

Capitol Police fatally shot an Air Force veteran and ardent Trump supporter who was part of the mob that made it into the building.

Rioters clash with police trying to enter the US Capitol building through the front doors. Credit: Pacific Press/Getty Images

Three other people died in “medical emergencies” following the riot, officials said.

News of the officer’s death comes shortly after the resignation of US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund amid criticism of the department’s response to rioters who broke through barricades, vandalised the building and clashed with police.

A woman who was shot in the US Capitol has been identified as Ashli Babbitt.
A woman who was shot in the US Capitol has been identified as Ashli Babbitt. Credit: Twitter
Protesters climb a wall outside the Capitol on Wednesday during a rally in support of President Donald Trump.
Protesters climb a wall outside the Capitol on Wednesday during a rally in support of President Donald Trump. Credit: AP

Sund’s resignation will go into effect on January 16, just a few days shy of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

The head of the department’s union also called for a “change at the top.”

Rioters and police clash in the US Capitol
Rioters and police clash in the US Capitol Credit: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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