Howard Liebengood of the US Capitol Police died on January 9. He was at the Capitol when rioters attacked the building in support of Donald Trump. Reports indicate that Liebengood may have committed suicide.
Liebengood Death Announced
Capitol Police Announce Death Of Liebengood. “The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death on January 9, 2021, of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51. He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Department since April 2005. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time.” [US Capitol Police]
Report: Howard Liebengood Dead From Suicide. “Capitol police announced another officer died Saturday while off-duty.The cause of death has not formally been announced, but Punchbowl News’s Jake Sherman reports that it was by suicide.” [KRON]
Liebengood Was On Capitol Hill During The Attack. “Former Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer tells @mkaplantv that Officer Liebengood was on the Hill on Wednesday, and called Liebengood’s death a “line of duty casualty” — no less a line of duty casualty than Officer Sicknick’s. “These were both line of duty casualties”.” [Nancy Cordes]
Liebengood Was On Capitol Police Force 16 Years. “Officer Liebengood, 51, had been a Capitol Police officer since 2005, and was assigned to the agency’s Senate division. His father, who shared his name, served as the sergeant-at-arms, the chief security official, of the Senate from 1981 to 1983.” [NY Times]
Sen. Mark Warner: “Saddened” By Death. “I’m saddened to learn about the death of USCP Officer Howard Liebengood. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. Thank you for your service.” [Sen. Mark Warner]
Rep. Jennifer Wexton: “He Was My Constituent.” “Officer Liebengood served with USCP for 15 years, continuing a family tradition of protecting the U.S. Senate. He was my constituent. My heart breaks for his family, his loved ones, & our community.” [Rep. Jennifer Wexton]