US Capitol police officer’s suicide after Jan. 6 riot is ruled a death in the line of duty


The suicide of a United States Capitol police officer who responded to the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021 has been ruled a death in the line of duty.

Howard Liebengood, 51, was a 15-year veteran of federal policing when he died. He is one of four officers to take his own life after responding on Capitol Hill as rioters tried to overturn President Biden’s 2020 election victory.

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United States Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood killed himself three days after the January 6, 2021, uprising at the United States Capitol.
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“Everyone who knew Howie knew he was generous and fiercely loyal,” read a statement from the Liebengood family released by the Fraternal Order of Police. “His one-of-a-kind smile and warm, sweet demeanor are all sorely missed, but we take comfort in knowing that Howie has officially received this well-deserved honor.”

Liebengood committed suicide a few days after the events at the Capitol. His family had fought to have his death deemed to be in the line of duty in order to receive death benefits.

The death benefit claim was granted under the Public Safety Officer Benefits Program (PSOB), the family said.

Fox News Digital has contacted the USCP.

“While no amount of money will bring Howie back to his family, their successful claim is an important step in recognizing that law enforcement suicides are service-related and should be seen for what they are – deaths in the line of duty,” said Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Several people, including another United States Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died during or in connection with the siege. So far, the Justice Department has charged hundreds of people in connection with the riot.


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