Days After Capitol Siege, Police Officer Who Protected Senate Dies Off Duty

WASHINGTON — Four days after a violent mob stormed the Capitol, overrunning its police force, an officer who had been assigned to protect the Senate died off duty, the Capitol Police announced on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear whether the officer, Howard Liebengood, had played a role in defending the building on Wednesday, when insurrectionists incited by President Trump attacked the seat of American government. Nor was it known whether his death was connected to the siege, which claimed the life of another officer who was injured during clashes with the mob.

In a statement on Sunday, the Capitol Police described Officer Liebengood’s passing only as an “off-duty death.”

A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the cause of death or the officer’s status on Wednesday.

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