A US Capitol police officer has died following the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, CNN says.
The officer was the fifth person to die after Trump’s supporters swarmed the building on Wednesday in a failed attempt to disrupt efforts to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Quoting three sources on Thursday, CNN offered no further details.
Four others have died in the protests, including air force veteran Ashli Babbitt who was shot dead by police.
Babbitt, 35, was an ardent supporter of US President Donald Trump, and her posts on Twitter endorsed Trump’s false assertions that he was defeated because Democrats had elaborately rigged the November 3 election.
The Twitter account Ashli—Babbitt, shared many posts in recent weeks flagging her excitement at attending the Trump rally in Washington on January 6.
Some of her posts show support for the QAnon group whose adherents believe that Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes powerful US elites.
Babbitt also lashed out at government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions on her Twitter page and with her husband, ran a pool cleaning service with a sign reading: ’MASK FREE AUTONOMOUS ZONE BETTER KNOWN AS AMERICA
Ashli Babbitt’s husband, Aaron said he sent her a text message about 30 minutes before the shooting but never heard back.
“She loved her country and she was doing what she thought was right to support her country, joining up with like-minded people that also love their president and their country,” her husband told Fox 5 News. “She was voicing her opinion and she got killed for it.”