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Another DC Police Officer Dies by Suicide Following US Capitol Breach

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Another DC Police Officer Dies by Suicide Following US Capitol Breach

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A second police officer has died by suicide after responding to the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Acting D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee told members of Congress. During his Tuesday hearing before the House Appropriations Committee, Contee revealed in his testimony (pdf) that Jeffrey Smith, who had served the Metro Police Department (MPD) for about 12 years, took his own life in the aftermath of the incident. It was previously disclosed by the U.S. Capitol Police that Howard Liebengood, a 15-year veteran of the force, died “off-duty” on Jan. 10. Fox News and the Washington Post later confirmed that Liebengood died by suicide. Brian Sicknick, also of the Capitol Police, died on Jan. 7 from injuries he sustained while physically engaging with violent protesters who tried to fight their way into the Capitol building. “We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery …

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