Tuesday, January 19

What we know about the 5 dead in the US Capitol


(CNN) — A U.S. Capitol police officer died Thursday from injuries he sustained after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

Four other people died on Wednesday during the shocking heart attack of American democracy when members of the mob vandalized the building and assaulted police officers. A woman was fatally shot by police and three people died of apparent medical emergencies.

Several Washington Metropolitan Police officers were also injured during the uprising, Police Chief Robert Contee said. One officer had significant facial injuries from being hit by a projectile and another officer was hospitalized after being sprayed with pepper spray.

Police made 80 riot-related arrests this week in central Washington, including 68 arrests Wednesday night, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor. Most were for violations of the 6 pm curfew.

Here’s what we know about the people who passed away:

Police officer dies after being injured

Capitol Police issued a statement saying Agent Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday night “from injuries sustained while on duty.”

Agent Sicknick was injured while physically engaging with the shakers and collapsed after returning to his division office. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the Capitol Police statement said.

Agent Sicknick joined the Capitol Police in July 2008 and most recently served in the Department’s First Responders Unit.

“The entire Capitol Police Department expresses its deepest condolences to Agent Sicknick’s family and friends on his loss, and regrets the loss of a friend and colleague,” the Capitol Police added.

His death is now under investigation.

Air Force veteran shot dead by police

A woman was shot and killed by a US Capitol Police employee as the mob tried to force their way into the House of Representatives where members of Congress were sheltering, Capitol Police said in a statement.

The woman received immediate medical assistance and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities identified her as Ashli ​​Babbitt, a 35-year-old woman from Huntington, Maryland.

Babbit’s mother, Michelle Witthoeft, told CNN on Thursday that she was devastated after learning of her daughter’s death.

“I loved her and admired her very much,” said Witthoeft of Babbitt. “She served this country with courage and pride.”

Babbitt was a fervent Trump supporter with strong political views, her mother said, and she was “passionate enough to die for what she believed in.”

Babbitt, who was married but separated from her husband in 2019, frequently attended pro-Trump rallies. He flew to Washington from San Diego, California, intending to participate in this week’s protest, his mother said.

“His political views were firm and inflexible and he expressed them whenever he could,” Witthoeft said.

A CNN review of Babbitt’s social media accounts found that Babbitt frequently expressed support for President Trump and other conservative figures on Facebook. He also shared content promoting political conspiracy theories often promoted by far-right figures.

Babbitt served as a senior aviator in the US Air Force from 2004 to 2008 under the name Ashli ​​Elizabeth McEntee, according to military records. He was a member of the Air Force Reserve from 2008 to 2010 and was in the Air National Guard from 2010 to November 2016, records show.

“She served in the United States Air Force and was sent on a mission four times and returned safely, only to be shot by her own country,” Witthoeft said through tears by phone.

The U.S. Capitol Police employee who shot Babbitt has been placed on administrative leave and his police powers have been suspended pending a joint investigation by Washington Police and Capitol Police, the latter body said. police.

“This is a tragic incident and I send my condolences to the family and friends of the victim,” said Washington Police Chief Contee.

Two people who saw the shooting, left-wing activist John Sullivan and documentary director Jade Sacker, provided CNN with video of the incident and described the moments leading up to it.

Sullivan said the rioters were using flagpoles and other items to break windows inside the Capitol. The woman then tried to fight her way out the window when several people with guns came out the doors.

“The moment he climbed out of the window, he was shot in the neck area and fell backward,” Sullivan said in an interview that aired on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”.

“I only remember the feeling of shock and pain that someone had just died and did not have to die.”

The woman was trying to enter an area that did not yet appear to have been raped by the agitators, Sullivan said.

“It was an area that was completely blocked,” he said. “They had chairs against the door, tables, so people couldn’t get in.”

Three other dead

Three other people who had come from out of state died of “medical emergencies” during the riot, police said.

“An adult woman and two adult men appear to have suffered separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths,” Contee said. “Any loss of life in the District is tragic and our thoughts are with anyone affected by their loss.”

Police identified them as Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama, and Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia. All three were on the Capitol grounds when they experienced their medical emergencies, Contee said.

Greeson had a history of high blood pressure and suffered a heart attack amid the upheaval, his family said in a statement to CNN. He was an advocate for Trump and attended the event to show his support.

“I was excited to be there to experience this event,” the statement said. “He was not there to participate in violence or riots, nor did he tolerate such actions.”

The family says they are devastated by the loss.

“Kevin was a wonderful father and husband who loved life,” says the family statement. “He loved riding a motorcycle, he loved his job and his coworkers, and he loved his dogs.”

Boyland’s family is also mourning his death. “She was a wonderful sister, daughter and aunt. Anyone who knew her knows how compassionate she was, she always put others before herself, “Boyland’s brother-in-law Justin Cave said, according to CNN affiliate WGCL-TV.

Washington Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported people to area hospitals with injuries ranging from cardiac arrest to multiple fractures after falling from scaffolding on the west front of the Capitol building.

However, city officials did not say if any of these people were among those who died.

CNN’s Kelsie Smith, Oren Liebermann, Adrienne Winston, Kara Scannell, Alex Marquardt, Aileen Graef, and Mary Kay Mallonee contributed to this report.

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