Two sources told WIVB-4 that the officer’s death was an apparent suicide. Liebengood was assigned to the Senate Division and had been with the Capitol Police since 2005. He was also the son of a former Senate sergeant-at-arms.
Following Wednesday’s events, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned amid growing criticism over his handling of the Trump insurrectionists. In a statement, he said that the USCP did not anticipate how the day’s events would unfold.
“The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.” he said. “Maintaining public safety in an open environment—specifically for First Amendment activities—has long been a challenge. The USCP had a robust plan established to address anticipated First Amendment activities. But make no mistake—these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior ... The USCP is conducting a thorough review of this incident, security planning and policies and procedures.”