An officer with the U.S. Capitol Police has died from a head injury he received Wednesday when protesters broke into the Capitol Building.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher "while physically engaging with protesters," according to the department. He collapsed upon returning to his division office on Wednesday and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Capitol Police confirmed he had died in a Thursday night news release.
"The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick's family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague," said the department.
A large number of police officers reportedly held a vigil downtown D.C. to honor Sicknick.
Sicknick had served with the department since 2008.
🔦 The news came as Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced his resignation following the incident.