A police officer has died from injuries sustained when supporters of Donald Trump stormed Congress, bringing the number of people lost in the riot to five.
Brian Sicknick was injured “during a physical confrontation with demonstrators,” according to police.
He later collapsed and was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
An investigation has been opened into the death of the official who joined the US Capitol Police (USCP) in 2008.
The troop said in a statement: “The entire USCP division extends its deepest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends for their loss and mourns a friend and colleague.”
Democratic leaders of the House Appropriations Committee said the “tragic loss” of the official “should remind us all of the valor of the law enforcement officers who protected us, our colleagues, Congressional staff, the press corps and other key workers during the time.” the takeover of the Capitol building by the pro-Trump mob.
Mr. Trump has condemned the violence and declared that the rioters must be held accountable.
Four other people were killed in the clashes, including a Trump supporter who was shot by police and three people who died from medical emergencies.
After a rally where Mr Trump reiterated allegations of election fraud and said “we will never admit,” hundreds of supporters stormed the Capitol and forced senators and members of the House of Representatives to flee as they broke windows and ransacked windows.
In the aftermath of the violence, both US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned and joined a growing list of aides who left the outgoing government in protest.
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When opponents called for his immediate impeachment, Mr Trump said Conceded defeat to Joe Biden For the first time, a video confirmed that a “new administration” would be sworn in on January 20, and praise was given for ensuring a “smooth transition”.
The president-elect branded those who besieged the U.S. Capitol as being “domestic terrorists” and said Wednesday’s violence was an “attack on our freedom”.