Officer Jeffrey Smith becomes second Capitol riot police officer to ‘kill himself’ days after responding to siege

Officer Jeffrey Smith becomes second Capitol riot police officer to ‘kill himself’ days after responding to siege

January 27, 2021

A SECOND Capitol riot police officer has killed himself just days after responding to the siege.

Officer Jeffrey Smith took his own life following the January 6 riots, Acting MPD police chief Robert Contee III confirmed.

He was one of three officers who died after chaos consumed the Capitol.

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

Smith – who patrolled the Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park and Georgetown neighborhoods – worked in DC's 2nd District for 12 years, the Washington Post reported.

Contee confirmed that an additional 65 DC police officers sustained injuries after Trump supporters stormed the political hub.

These included "scratches, bruises, eyes burning from bear mace," according to Contee.

Earlier this month, "selfless" Howard Liebengood, 51, an officer for the United States Capitol Police (USCP), passed away on while off-duty – three days after serving on the front line during the shocking Capitol riots.

According to the Associated Press, two people familiar with the matter said Officer Liebengood's death was an apparent suicide.

It was not clear whether his death was connected to chaotic events, despite the officer being one of several cops who responded to the riots inside the Senate.

AP also reported that officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Gus Papanthanasiou, union chairman for Capitol police, confirmed officer Liebengood was among the cops who responded to the riots.

He added: “This is the second death of a USCP Officer in just two days, with the passing of Officer Brian D. Sicknick on Thursday evening from injuries sustained while on duty during the assault on the Capitol on January 6th.

"We also mourn the recent death of Officer Eric marshall who died on January 2, 2021 fighting cancer. Their lives and service will not be forgotten.”

The other officer, Brian Sicknick, died on January 7 after reportedly having been hit over the head by a fire extinguisher during the riots.  

Police said in a statement: "Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. 

"He returned to his division office and collapsed.  He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

"The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners."

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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