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Second Officer Working US Capitol Violence Dies, Reportedly by Suicide

Second Officer Working US Capitol Violence Dies, Reportedly by Suicide

by Leah AnayaJanuary 10, 2021

Washington, DC – It was confirmed on Sunday that a second US Capitol Police Officer has died. Officer Howard Liebengood, at the age of 51 years, has died by suicide following the events at the Capitol on January 6.

Officer Liebengood was a 15-year veteran of the department and was serving in the Senate division. He was off-duty when he died.

Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement, “Every Capitol Police Officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of USCP. This is a tragic day.”

It’s been reported that Officer Liebengood was the son of Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Howard S. Liebengood.

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Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at
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