The officer who lost his life on Thursday after defending the US Capitol from pro-Trump rioters has been identified as Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old New Jersey native. He has become the fifth death attributed to the now-infamous Capitol invasion. Detectives are investigating the death as a homicide.
According to a statement from US Capitol Police, Officer Sicknick had been critically injured after being hit by a fire extinguisher “while physically engaging with rioters.” Officer Sicknick had served in the New Jersey National Guard for six years prior to joining the US Capitol Police in 2008.
The identification came in a somber statement from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection. His needless murder at the hands of a mob bent on overthrowing the Constitution he had dedicated his life to upholding is shocking. It is my fervent hope that the rioters whose actions directly contributed to his death are quickly identified and brought to justice.”
Governor Murphy further added, “Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends, as well as to his United States Capitol Police colleagues and the Guardsmen and Guardswomen he served alongside. We thank him for his service to our nation.”
Sicknick’s brother hailed him a “hero,” while the fallen officer’s family has said in a statement that his death should not be politicized. “Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue.”