As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain is joining all U.S. public buildings and grounds in flying the flag at half-staff until sunset, January 13, 2021.
Brian D. Sicknick died on Thursday evening (January 7th) from injuries sustained while on duty during the assault on the Capitol. A statement from the US Capitol Police said 42-year-old Sicknick collapsed when he returned to his division office. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Reports are that he was on life support before he passed away. His death is being investigated as a possible homicide by the Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide Branch.
Howard Liebengood, a 15-year veteran of the Capitol Police force, was assigned to the Senate Division. The 51-year-old died by suicide on Saturday 9 January 2021.
On Wednesday 6 January 2021, rioters wielding Confederate flags stormed the US Capitol, leaving five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
In response to Wednesday’s security breach at the Capitol, authorities have arrested dozens of people connected to the unrest after pro-Trump rioters charged through barricades, assaulted police officers and shattered windows.