A second police officer who responded to the deadly riots at the US Capitol earlier this month has died by suicide, the D.C. police chief revealed on Tuesday evening.
Jeffery Smith had worked for the Metropolitan Police Department for 12 years and died on Jan. 15—just nine days after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building.
Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood also died by suicide soon after the insurrection.
Another officer, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, died in the hospital on Jan. 7 after being beaten by rioters as they tried to break into the building in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Four pro-Trump insurrectionists also died during the siege, including a woman who was shot by police while trying to break into the House chamber, a 55-year-old Alabama man who had a heart attack, a Georgia woman who was reportedly crushed in the crowd, and a Philadelphia man who suffered a stroke.
Acting Chief Robert J. Contee III announced Smith had died while addressing a closed session of the House Appropriations Committee.
“We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families.” he said.
“The costs for this insurrection — both human and monetary — will be steep,” he added.
“My prayers are with the family and colleagues of Officer Jeffery Smith,” California Rep. Ted Lieu (D) wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
Federal authorities have so far charged more than 150 people who attended the riot.