U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday night disputed media reports claiming an officer had died stemming from Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol.
CNN and other outlets reported earlier in the evening that the officer had succumbed to injuries sustained during the mayhem. But the Capitol Police say it simply isn’t true.
“Media reports regarding the death of a United States Capitol Police officer are not accurate,” a spokesperson for the agency said. “Although some officers were injured and hospitalized, no USCP officers have passed away.”
“We ask that our officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected at this time,”the statement continued. “Should a statement become necessary, the Department will issue one at the appropriate time.”
Some media outlets reported the officer was taken off of life support after they were hit in the head with a fire extinguisher by a rioter.
More than 50 Capitol and D.C. police were injured in the chaos, including several who had to be hospitalized, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said in a statement Thursday.
Chief Sund will resign next week amid outrage from lawmakers over the agency’s response.
Four people died during the assault on the capitol Wednesday, including a woman who was shot in the neck by a Capitol Police officer. Three others died due to unspecified “medical emergencies.”