Brian Sicknick, pictured, was named last night as the Capitol Police officer who died in the mob attack on the US Congress on Wednesday
Federal prosecutors have launched a murder investigation into the death of a Capitol cop who died on Thursday night a day after being ‘hit over the head with a fire extinguisher’ during the MAGA mob riot.
Brian D. Sicknick is the fifth person to have died as a result of Wednesday’s insurrection but he is the only cop – the other four were all Trump fanatics.
His social media pages indicate that he, like the mob, supported Trump.
It is unclear where he was when he was allegedly attacked or whether or not he was alone and outnumbered, as many of his colleagues were.
Police say he was injured while ‘engaging’ with the mob.
He then returned to his division office, where he collapsed, and was taken to the hospital where he was put on life support briefly.
On Thursday night, hundreds of Sicknick’s colleagues lined the streets of DC to honor him as his body was transported to the morgue.
They stood in salute and flashed the sirens while he was driven past.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags on Capitol Hill to be lowered to half staff in honor of the fallen officer.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere released a statement on behalf of Trump calling Sicknick an ‘American hero’ but the President – whose social media channels have been locked – has not spoken.
Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew, who is a Trump aide, said: ‘We, the party of law and order, as we preached all summer long, should never attack our men and women in that wear the badge.’
The Capitol Police said late on Thursday night that their homicide division was investigating Sicknick’s death. On Friday morning, federal prosecutors took up the probe. It’s unclear if they have identified any suspects yet or if there is surveillance footage of his death.
Since Wednesday’s disastrous riot, Capitol Police have not answered many of the media’s questions.
Chief Steven Sund stepped down on Thursday after being told to resign by Nancy Pelosi and amid claims the force was deliberately under-supported to avoid inflaming tensions with what might have been perceived as bad optics.
Anonymous sources told The Wall St Journal on Thursday that defense and police officials did not want to line the streets with armed National Guardsmen, as they did in the summer during the height of the BLM movement, because it would have raised the already bubbling tension in the Capitol.
Instead, fewer than 2,000 Capitol cops and only 300 unarmed National Guard were on duty to meet the mob of some 10,000.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the Capitol’s flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday in Sicknick’s honor
Capitol Hill Police salute their fallen colleague Brian Sicknick on Friday after lowing the Capitol Building flag to half-staff
Hundreds of Capitol Police cops lined the streets on Thursday night to honor their fallen colleague
A police motorcade was seen escorting US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick on Constitution Ave Thursday night
The mob used fire extinguishers to keep the police away from them on Wednesday
Sicknick’s brother confirmed his death on Thursday, telling
‘I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family.
Sicknick in a social media photograph. He had worked for the force since 2008
‘My family and I hope that our privacy can be respected as we grieve. Thank you.’
Pelosi said in a statement: ‘On behalf of the House of Representatives, I send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after defending the Capitol complex and protecting those who serve and work here. The perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice.
‘The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American Democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history. But because of the heroism of our first responders and the determination of the Congress, we were not, and we will never be, diverted from our duty to the Constitution and the American people.
‘I have ordered the flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff in Officer Sicknick’s honor. The sacrifice of Officer Sicknick reminds us of our obligation to those we serve: to protect our country from all threats foreign and domestic. May it be a comfort to Officer Sicknick’s family that so many mourn with and pray for them at this sad time.’
Sicknick, who was in his 40s, had been with USCP since 2008. He most recently served in the first responder unit but he previously served in the military.
Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving (left) – whose job is to protect the House chamber – and the chief of Capitol Police, Steven Sund (right) both stepped down on Thursday. Police are now building a 7ft wall around the Capitol to protect it over the coming weeks
Senator Ted Cruz was among those who mourned Sicknick’s death on Friday
His death is the fifth to be linked to the chaos.
Protester Ashli Babbit, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, was named Wednesday as the first casualty after being shot dead by an officer.
The three other Trump fanatics who died were named Thursday as Benjamin Phillips, 50; Kevin Greeson, 55; and Roseanne Boyland, 34.
More than 50 police officers were also injured in clashes with protesters.
Ted Cruz, one of the Republican senators whom Democrats blame for stirring up the chaos by opposing the certification of Biden’s victory, said news of Sicknick’s death was ‘devastating’.
WH STATEMENT ON COP’S DEATH
Anytime a member of law enforcement dies in the line of duty it is a solemn reminder to us all that they run toward danger to maintain peace.
The President and the entire Administration extend our prayers to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s family as we all grieve the loss of this American hero
Judd Deere, deputy press secretary
‘Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero,’ Cruz said.
‘Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.’
Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat, said last night that ‘my heart breaks’ over Sicknick’s death.
‘This tragic loss is a reminder of the bravery of the law enforcement who protect us every day,’ he said.
Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayor of Washington DC, said her ‘thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues’ of the fallen officer.
‘May he rest in peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation,’ she said.
The names emerged as the chief of the Capitol Police submitted his resignation on Thursday night after Nancy Pelosi and the union representing his officers called for him to step aside, following the total failure to protect Congress on Wednesday.
Steve Sund, appointed to the role in June 2019, will step down on January 16 – four days before Joe Biden’s inauguration.
His resignation came after that of the Sergeant at Arms, Paul Irving – whose job it is to protect the House.
He stepped down on Thursday after being told he would be fired for failing to protect the Capitol, as heads began to roll over the horrifying day of violence in America’s capital.
They were followed by Michael Stenger, the Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, who submitted his resignation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, effective immediately.
Lawmakers had voiced their horror at the lack of preparations ahead of Wednesday’s Stop the Steal rally, which had been promoted by Trump for weeks.
Shortly before 2pm, the rioters descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers were inside certifying the vote. Over the next two hours, the violence escalated. Some broke into politicians’ offices, tauntingly sat at their desks and left threatening notes. One of the protesters was shot dead by cops (bottom right)
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier Wednesday at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of fraud
Irving had been warned by Chuck Schumer that he would be fired over his office’s total failure to stop armed insurgents from breaking into the House chamber.
Pelosi had on Thursday called for the resignation of Chief Sund.
He failed to call in the National Guard to help on Wednesday, instead leaving his 2,000 cops on the hill to deal with the mob of nearly 10,000.
Four Trump rioters also died in Wednesday’s unrest which saw ugly scenes as the overwhelmed Capitol Police rushed to secure the House and the Senate floors.
Ashli Babbitt, 35, was a 14-year air force veteran who was fatally shot in the chest by Capitol Police as she breached the building.
A witness to the shooting suggested the San Diego local was shot by police when she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers.
Maryland court records show Babbitt had run-ins with law enforcement before – despite being a respected Air Force veteran, described as a ‘boisterous firecracker’ by a fellow soldier.
She was previously prosecuted for reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property and tampering with a car, and was the subject of two restraining orders, court records obtained by DailyMail.com reveal.
Babbitt was born Ashli Pamatian, and was recorded as living under that name in North Pole, Alaska in her early adulthood.
She joined the Air Force in 2006, first serving at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, where she met her first husband, Staff Sergeant Tim McEntee.
A January 2008 photo on the base’s website shows the couple with their adopted former military working dog, Sorbon.
Babbitt was later stationed with the DC Air National Guard from at least 2014, where she moved in with her future second husband Aaron in Huntingtown, Maryland.
But Maryland court records show the McEntees’ marriage didn’t end until August 2018 when they filed for divorce.
Video showed Babbitt climbing through a broken window seconds before she was shot
Paramedics tend to Babbitt moments after she was shot inside the Capitol on Wednesday
In June 2019, Babbitt married former Marine Sergeant Aaron Babbitt, who served from 2000 to 2005 according to his Facebook page.
The bereaved former soldier told KUSI News on Wednesday his wife was a strong supporter of President Trump and a great patriot to all who knew her. He did not respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
An unidentified loved one sent Babbitt a portentous text message as she flew to DC for the protest, according to an apparent screenshot from her phone shared on social media.
‘Be safe. I cannot lose you,’ the sender wrote.
Babbitt texted back a selfie from her airplane seat wearing a ‘Trump 2020’ mask and wrote ‘Tons of trump supporters on my plane!!!! I’ll watch my 6’ – using the military term for looking out behind you.
Three other Trump fanatics died after suffering medical emergencies.
Benjamin Phillips, 50, from Pennsylvania died after suffering a stroke; and Kevin Greeson, 55, from Alabama suffered a heart attack ‘in the midst of the excitement’.
‘They should name this year Zero because something will happen,’ his friends claim he said before the riot got underway.
Phillips founded the website Trumparoo, where Trump supporters can speak to each other, and organized transport for dozens of people to get to DC from Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
It’s unclear at what point in the day he suffered his stroke, or if he was married or had children.
Greeson’s son announced his death on Facebook.
‘My dad had a heart attack yesterday and sadly passed away. We all loved him so much.
‘He was such a great man we all miss you so much. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers,’ he said.
Social media photographs show Greeson posing proudly with two AR-15 rifles. He regularly posted on the website Parler where he encouraged violence against Democrats.
Among recent comments was: ‘Let’s take this f*****g country BACK! Load your guns and take to the s streets.
‘Let’s give them a war… Democrats don’t have guns… we do.. bring your stick, I’m bringing my guns.’
He also tweeted that hydroxychloroquine was a known cure for COVID – which has not been proven.
His family however say he was not violent and was only there to show his support for Trump.
‘Kevin had a history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack.
‘Our family is devastated.
‘We are thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers and appreciate privacy at this time as we grieve,’ they said.
It’s unclear if the two men were among the violent mob who stormed the building.
Roseanne Boyland, 34, from Georgia was ‘trampled in the Rotunda’, her family told DailyMail.com on Thursday after police she had been potentially ‘crushed’ in the mob.
Her family said she had planned to ‘hang back’ but was emboldened by Trump’s speech earlier on Wednesday.
‘This was her first one. She wasn’t even supposed to go… we all didn’t want her to go. She was hanging back and then after the speech yesterday,’ the relative said.
‘They’re still working on [the details]. Someone said she was trampled, others said she collapsed…. we’re still trying to figure it out.’
Roseanne was ‘trampled in the Rotunda’, her family told DailyMail.com on Thursday after police she had been potentially ‘crushed’ in the mob.
TIMELINE OF THE CHAOS
6AM: Crowds start to gather for Trump rally that is scheduled for 10am
On December 19, Trump told his fans on Twitter to gather in Washington DC. He said: ‘Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, be wild!
They gathered peacefully in their thousands outside the White House to first wish Eric Trump a Happy Birthday, and then head from the President himself.
11.50am: Trump speaks at Save America Rally, promises to walk with crowd down to the Capitol
In a long, sermon-like speech that went on for more than an hour, Trump told his fans that he’d walk with them. At that stage, there was no mention of violence.
‘And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,’ he said.
He did not, however, walk with with them as promised.
1pm: Lawmakers gather in the House chamber to certify Biden’s election win
1.10pm: Rioters arrive at the Capitol building and start clashing with police.
At 1.26pm, Capitol police order the evacuations of Library of Congress, Madison Building and Cannon House Office Building but not the House chamber
1.40pm: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bows orders a 6pm curfew but does nothing to address the escalating situation at the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Capitol police request back-up.
2.11pm: The rioters scale the walls of the Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence is evacuated from the House chamber moments later.
2.39pm: Videos and photographs emerge showing rioters smashing the windows of the Capitol building
2.47pm: Rioters are seen at the dais
2.53pm: Congress is removed from the Chamber in breathing masks and escape hoods
3:51 p.m. The District of Columbia National Guard, about 1,100 troops, is mobilized to support local law enforcement.
6pm: Washington DC curfew begins, many ignore it to stay put
8pm: Lawmakers return to the Chamber to certify Biden win
Her brother-in-law, Justin Cave, said the rally cost her her life.
He blames Trump for her death.
‘Roseanne, like a lot of people there, was really passionate about her beliefs as was her right.
‘I personally believe that the President incited a riot that cost four of his biggest fans their lives. One of them happened to be my sister.
‘I personally believe we should invoke the 25th amendment.’
In a statement that he read aloud, he said: ‘Our family is devastated by the loss of Roseanne. She was a wonderful sister, daughter and aunt. Anyone who knew her knows how compassionate she was.
‘She would always put others before herself. As we watched these awful events unfold, we hoped that Roseanne was not among the crowd.
‘Tragically, she was and it cost her her life,’ he said.
A witness who was inside the Capitol with protesters on Wednesday said they saw Babbit get shot, other people get ‘trampled’ in a mob stampede, and believed they saw a second woman severely injured.
‘A second woman died (or came close),’ the witness wrote on Twitter. ‘It was a very intense situation that occurred after I saw several people get trampled, nearly avoiding that myself.
‘She collapsed in the entryway to the capital building and was trampled. Compressions were performed on her but I was unable to feel a carotid or femoral pulse. Several men carried her back to the police line. She was very cyanotic [discolored skin due to lack of oxygen] & bleeding from the face.’
The witness described a terrifying and deadly crush of people in the building, panicking as they fled police.
‘I was filming at the edge of the entrance just outside the flow a large group of people pressing into & being pressed from behind into the hallway,’ they wrote. ‘A large man grabbed from behind, pushed me into the Frey and said, ‘you’re going in, get in there,’ (I think). And I was fought in the mob and pressed into the entry hallway.
‘I managed to pull myself into a corner nook against the wall. Moments after, the police inside made a great push outward against the dozens of people pushing inward. Everyone became packed like sardines unable to move against the flow of bodies.’
They added: ‘At this point, the police and citizens began unleashing a sea of spray mace from both sides. It was nearly impossible to breathe or keep from panicking.
‘The man next to me passed out but remained standing due to how tightly we were packed. I slapped his face and he revived. About this time, the woman collapsed, the police overcame the crowd, and I began to see people being seriously trampled as people were fleeing.’
President Trump has said nothing of their deaths himself.
In a brief statement in the White House briefing room, his press secretary Kayleigh Mcenany said: ‘Those who violently besieged our capitol are the opposite of everything this administration stands for.’
She walked away without taking any questions from the press. Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have been locked.
MAGA’S MOST WANTED: The mob fanatics being hunted by the FBI
Dozens of Trump loyalists were photographed breaking windows, entering both the Senate and House chambers and going into the offices of lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday