US Capitol police officer who died after riot honoured by President Biden

Brian Sicknick, 42, died after defending the Capitol on January 6. Credit: AP/United States Capitol Police

A police officer who was killed during the storming of the US Capitol has been lying in honour, with President Biden attending to pay his respects.

Brian Sicknick, 42, died after defending the Capitol on January 6 against the mob that stormed the building and interrupted the electoral count after then-President Donald Trump urged supporters on the National Mall to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat.

The US Capitol Police said in a statement that Mr Sicknick, who died the next day, was injured “while physically engaging with protesters”, though a final cause of death has not yet been determined.

An honour guard carries an urn with the cremated remains of Brian Sicknick and a folded US flag into the Capitol Credit: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Pool/AP

The arrival of Mr Sicknick’s body on Tuesday evening was solemn, with dozens of Capitol Police standing at attention as his urn was carried up the Capitol steps.

A viewing period was reserved for Capitol police overnight, with legislators to pay tribute at a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

President Biden attended with his wife to pay tribute on Tuesday.

A ceremonial departure for Arlington National Cemetery was planned for later in the day.

Members of Congress remain shaken by the attack and are grappling with what it means not only for the future of the country, but for their own security as elected representatives.

While politicians were united in denouncing the riots and Mr Trump’s role in them, the parties are now largely split on how to move forward.

House Democrats impeached Mr Trump a week after the attack, sending a charge of “incitement of insurrection” to the Senate, where Republicans are unlikely to provide the votes necessary to convict him.

At the same time, the building has been cut off from the public, surrounded by large metal fences and defended by the National Guard.

An honour guard stands to attention around Mr Sicknick’s urn Credit: Kevin Dietsch/Pool/AP

Mr Sicknick of South River, New Jersey, enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating from high school in 1997, then deployed to Saudi Arabia and later Kyrgyzstan.

He joined the Capitol Police in 2008.

Like many Capitol Police officers, he often worked on security in the Capitol itself and was known to politicians, staff and others who passed through the building’s doors each morning.