The Capitol Police officer who died of suicide after responding to the riots that killed five people was a “dedicated public servant,” his family said Monday.
The lawyer for Officer Howard Liebengood’s family described his off-duty death in a statement as a “devastating loss,” BuzzFeed News reported.
“His death is a tragedy that has deprived all of us a dedicated public servant,” attorney Barry Pollack said in a statement. “His family has suffered a devastating loss and asks that they be given space to grieve in private.”
Pollack confirmed this death Saturday was a suicide but provided no further details.
The 51-year-old — who had been assigned to the Senate Division and joined the department in 2005 — is survived by his wife and siblings, the Washington Post reported.
His death came just three days after he responded to the mayhem at the Capitol building that left five dead, including another officer.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday said he was “heartbroken” over the death of Liebengood, calling him a “beloved and dedicated officer.”
“At his post in the Russell building, Howie was a familiar and cheerful presence, and also a friend to me and my staff, many of whom have known him for years,” Romney wrote on Twitter.
“His bravery, kindness, and genuine care for others was deeply felt by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him.”
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday also paid tribute to Liebengood in a statement.
“He was friendly, professional, and dedicated to the job. I appreciate everything he did to keep us safe,” he wrote on Twitter.