Governor Northam orders flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Capitol officer who died following D.C. riots

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 10, 2021

RICHMOND - Governor Northam has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in memory of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.

The officer died last week after President Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to demand Congress not to accept the results of November’s presidential election.

"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters," police said in a statement. "He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners."

In respect and memory of Sicknick, Northam has ordered that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth.

Northam orders that the flags be lowered at sunrise on Monday, January 11, and remain at half-staff until sunset.

A second officer with the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) has died on Saturday, but his cause of death has yet to be released by authorities.

Officer Howard Liebengood is the second death of a USCP officer within just two days.