U.S. officials opening murder probe in U.S. Capitol police officer's death -CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Federal prosecutors are opening a murder investigation after a U.S.

Reuters January 09, 2021 01:10:36 IST
U.S. officials opening murder probe in U.S. Capitol police officer's death -CNN

US officials opening murder probe in US Capitol police officers death CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Federal prosecutors are opening a murder investigation after a U.S. Capitol Police officer died Thursday in the aftermath of pro-Trump supporters' invasion of Congress, CNN reported on Friday, citing a law enforcement official.

Representatives for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington could not immediately be reached to confirm the report. The Washington police department's homicide division is investigating alongside federal law enforcement agencies, U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement late Thursday.

The officer, Brian Sicknick, was the fifth person to die after Trump supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The Republican president had summoned them to Washington for a rally and urged them to fight as lawmakers were meeting to certify his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. The deaths also included some rioters.

"The perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice," U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in statement offering condolences to his family. She ordered flags at the Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in his honor. White House spokesman Judd Deer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy also expressed condolences.

U.S. Capitol Police said "Sicknick was responding to the riots ... and was injured while physically engaging with protesters" Sicknick died on Thursday after being taken to a hospital following his collapse after he returned to his divisional office, the police said.

Sicknick, 40, suffered a stroke and was on life support before he died, a CBS News affiliate reported. He was a 12-year veteran of the force.

Trump, who initially praised his supporters, later condemned Wednesday's violence, saying rioters must be held accountable. A woman demonstrator was fatally shot by authorities, and three people died from medical emergencies.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund on Thursday said he would step down on Jan. 16 - four days before Biden's inauguration.

Pelosi sought Sund's resignation after the federal force charged with protecting Congress failed to keep Trump's supporters outside the Capitol, sending lawmakers for cover as rioters smashed windows and looted the building.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Susan Heavey and Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Angus MacSwan and Jonathan Oatis)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources
| Reuters
World

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources | Reuters

By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States

China's Xi says navy should become world class
| Reuters
World

China's Xi says navy should become world class | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.