Two police officers died by suicide after responding to Capitol riot

US President Donald Trump's supporters gather outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. By Annie Grayer, CNN

(CNN) -- Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that two police officers have died by suicide since responding to the riot at the Capitol on January 6, according to Contee's opening statement before the committee, which was obtained by CNN.

This is the first time the force has confirmed that two officers took their own lives after the attack.

"Tragically, two officers who were at the Capitol on January 6th, one each from the Capitol Police and MPD, took their own lives in the aftermath of that battle," Contee said in his statement.

The Washington Post was first to report about Contee's statements on Tuesday.

Another Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, died the day after the riot "due to injuries sustained while on-duty," the Capitol Police said in a statement earlier this month.

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