The officer was identified as Brian Sicknick, a member of the department’s First Responder’s Unit who joined the force in July 2008.
Sicknick’s death will be investigated as a homicide, the Capitol Police said, with the probe handled by Capitol Police, Washington’s Metropolitan police, and federal agencies.
Sicknick was on duty at the Capitol when he was injured “while physically engaging with protesters,” the statement said. The officer collapsed after the attack and was taken to a local hospital, where he died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
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