CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S and State of Wyoming flags be flow at half-staff statewide until sunset Jan. 13, The order is in accordance with President Donald Trump’s Proclamation honoring U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick, 42, and Howard Liebengood, 51.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday, Jan.7, “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” according to a statement by the Capitol police. His injuries were sustained when a violent mob of insurrectionists stormed the capitol on Jan. 6. His death is being investigated by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch and the U.S Capitol Police as well as their federal partners.
According to the Associated Press, off-duty Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died on Saturday, Jan 9. Two people familiar with the matter said the officer’s death was an apparent suicide. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Liebengood was present during the siege on the capitol on Jan. 6.
On Jan. 7, Chief of Capitol Police, Steven Sund released a statement describing the attackers. “These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers. They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage.”
Sund also described the events surrounding the death of a civilian, “As protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place, a sworn USCP employee discharged their service weapon, striking an adult female. Medical assistance was rendered immediately, and the female was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Ashli Babbitt.”
Babbitt, 35, was identified in a video, that has since been deleted from Twitter in the moments after she was shot. She was wearing a Trump flag draped over her shoulders. Three other people died during the unrest due to medical emergencies.
Chief Sund has since resigned from his post. The department also disabled two pipe bombs during the attacks, one in the 300 block of First Street, SE, and a second pipe bomb in the 400 block of Canal Street, SE.
President Donald Trump’s proclamation reads in part, “As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 13, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”
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