Another police officer had died by committing suicide after U.S. Capitol attack.
A 2nd police officer who responded to a violent mob attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 had died of suicide, making it the 3rd killing by law enforcement in the wake of the pro-Trump protest.
Acting Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) chief, Robert Contee has identified the officer as Jeffrey Smith, who he confirmed was injured when he was trying to help contain the mob of former President Trump’s supporters attempting to resist Congress from certifying President Biden’s electoral victory.
Contee said, during a press conference on Wednesday, January 27 that it was a really very sad and tragic situation for the police. “He had sustained injury due to the confrontation that had happened at the Capitol and a some days after that, the officer, he took his life.”
Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, was assigned to patrol the 2nd District, the neighborhoods of Chevy Chase and Georgetown which was inclusive.
According to Contee, Smith was actually on his way to work on the George Washington Parkway when he committed suicide.
Two other officers had also died after the attack on the Capitol. Howard Liebengood, a Capitol Police officer, also committed suicide after his duty at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Another Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died at a hospital a day after the riot. His head was hit with a fire extinguisher.
Contee said on Tuesday, speaking before the House Appropriations Committee, not less than 65 MPD officers had lodged complaints after being wounded while neutralizing to the attack.
He noted that with cuts, bruises or eyes burning from bear spray, “many more” officers were wounded but did not file documentation to record their injuries.
The chairman of the Capitol Police officers’ union, Gus Papathanasiou, said Wednesday that about 140 officers total between the U.S. Capitol Police and MPD were injured. He also said that a number of Capitol Police officers were severely injured.
“I have officers who were not provided helmets prior to the incident who have suffered brain injuries. One officers got his ribs cracked while two had smashed spinal discs. One officer is losing his eye, and another one was stabbed with a metal fence stake,” Papathanasiou said.
Credit: The Hill