WASHINGTON — Authorities on Sunday announced the death of a 51-year-old Capitol Police officer. Two people familiar with the matter said the officer’s death was an apparent suicide. Officer Howard Liebengood had been assigned to the Senate Division and was with the department since 2005. He is the son of a former Senate sergeant-at-arms.
It was not clear whether his death was connected to Wednesday’s events.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues,” the Capitol Police said in a statement. “We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time.”
Liebengood’s father, Howard S. Liebengood, who was from Indiana, was Senate sergeant-at-arms from 1981 to 1983 and later became a prominent lobbyist and chief of staff for two U.S. Senators. He died in 2005.
A Capitol Police officer died Friday, two days after he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to AP law enforcement sources, as rioters descended on the building and many other officers were injured. A woman from California was shot to death by Capitol Police and three other people died after medical emergencies during the chaos.
The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” during the Wednesday riot.