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Flags at Florida Capitol, U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Capital Police officers

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 17:38:01-05

(WTXL) — Flags will be flown half-staff at the Florida Capitol on Wednesday in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood and "all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across the nation."

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a declaration Monday afternoon ordering the U.S. flags at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida to be lowed to half-staff until sunset on Wednesday.

This comes after President Trump's Sunday declaration directing U.S. flags at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all federal naval vessels in D.C. and throughout the nation to fly at half-staff until the evening of Jan. 13.

Officer Brian Sicknick, with the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), died the night of Jan. 7 due to injuries he sustained while physically engaging with the Pro-Trump mob that stormed the building.

USCP announced the “off-duty death” of Officer Howard Liebengood on Sunday. They say he passed away on Saturday.

Liebengood's cause of death has yet to be released by authorities, but two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press it was an apparent suicide.