Biden DOJ Declares Suicide of Capitol Police Officer Days After Jan. 6 Was Death ‘In the Line of Duty’

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The Biden administration’s Department of Justice is recognizing the death of a Capitol Police officer who took his own life in the days following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion as a casualty “in the line of duty.”

The family of Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood said he died by suicide on Jan. 9, 2021, just days after the disturbance at the seat of the federal government in Washington.

Nearly two years later, the Justice Department made the “line of duty” determination on Monday, according to a statement from Liebengood’s family provided to CNN.

Liebengood’s survivors have sought the determination as a means for the family to secure service-connected benefits in the aftermath of his untimely death.

“We were recently notified that the Department of Justice officially determined our beloved family member U.S. Capitol Police Officer (USCP) Howie Liebengood’s passing was in the line of duty under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program,” the Liebengood family said in a statement, according to CNN.

“The determination is significant, healing, relieving, and we are grateful for it.”

In a letter to Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia following his death, his widow, Serena Liebengood, indicated that stressful work conditions following the Jan. 6 incursion might have led to his suicide.

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