WASHINGTON — As the crowds stormed the U.S. Capitol nearly one year ago, several people, from police officers to a rallygoer, died inside the capitol.
Channel 9 has the impact of that day on the people who witnessed the violence firsthand.
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In a special hearing before Congress last summer, former Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone and 3 other officers grippingly described every detail of what they experienced that day.
“I heard get his gun. Kill him with his own gun,” Fanone said. “I was electrocuted, again and again and again with a taser.”
Other officers weren’t as lucky.
“In the face of lawlessness, Brian Sicknick paid the ultimate price,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell.
During the riots, Sicknick was reportedly hit in the head with a fire extinguisher and pepper-sprayed twice. The medical examiner determined that played a role in the stroke that claimed his life.
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Inside the Capitol building, Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer.
An investigation cleared the officer who fired the shot, but Babbitt’s family is suing the Capitol Police Department.
In a statement, former president Donald Trump said Babbitt, “Truly loved America.”
Three days after the attack, a Capitol officer of 15 years, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide.
Officer Jeffrey Smith did the same several days later.
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Meanwhile, surviving officers said the day continues to haunt them.
“For the first time, I was more afraid to work at the Capitol than my entire deployment in Iraq,” said Capitol police officer Sgt. Aquilino Gonell.
Two more Capitol police officers have died by suicide since Jan. 6, but neither has been directly tied to the clashes with rioters.
There were at least three other deaths that happened at the riot. Two of them were determined to be natural causes and the other was a drug overdose.
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