Officer’s Suicide 3 Days After J6 Called Line Of Duty Death

  • The family of a Capitol Police officer who died by suicide after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol said the Justice Department has recognized the death as occurring in the line of duty, a classification that allows his family to qualify for certain benefits.
  • The family of Officer Howard Liebengood said they had been notified by DOJ, following an effort by his widow who had called on the department to allow her to continue to receive health and financial benefits under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program.
  • Erin Smith, the widow of Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith who also died by suicide after Jan. 6, had also pressed for similar recognition this year from that department.
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