Second police officer dies from suicide following Capitol riot

by Jenny Mount · Jan 27th, 2021 4:16 pm
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Last Updated Jan 28th, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Jeffery Smith, a 12-year veteran with the Metropolitan Police Department, is the second police officer to take his own life after responding to the Capitol riot, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Acting Chief Robert J. Contee told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

Smith was part of the force assigned to patrol in the 2nd District, according to a MPD spokesperson.

Smith's death follows that of Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, who died by suicide on January 9.

"We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families," Contee said Tuesday.

Sicknick was the officer who died from injuries sustained during the riot.

Contee also went after what he said was a "tepid response" from the Army, which he said was reluctant to send in D.C. National Guard during the violent Capitol riot.

"Army staff responded that they were not refusing to send them, but wanted to know the plan and did not like the optics of boots on the ground at the Capitol," Contee said.

According to Contee, 65 MPD members sustained injuries documented in reports, although many "did not even bother to report" additional injuries from assaults.


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