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Howard Liebengood biography: 13 things about U.S. Capitol Police officer from Virginia

Howard Charles B. Liebengood was a police officer who worked at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. His father Howard S. Liebengood, who died in 2005, was the senate sergeant-at-arms from 1981 to 1983 and was chief of staff to former senator Fred Thompson and former senate majority leader Bill Frist. (a)
  2. In 1992, he started a career as a professional race car driver. (b)
  3. On November 15, 2002, he told a group of sixth-graders at Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia, “Racing is fun and exciting but it can also be dangerous and just like with students’ lives, it can be filled with risks.” (b)
  4. He lived in Vienna, Virginia, USA (b) before moving to Washington, D.C.
  5. In April 2005, he joined the U.S. Capitol Police. (a)
  6. He was assigned to the Senate Division. He was posted at the door nearest senator Chris Coons‘ office. (a)
  7. On April 24, 2008, he fingerprinted Sophia Ayoud, daughter of Senate Legislative Counsel’s Laura Ayoud, during the Kid Safety Day in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (a)
  8. In 2014, he and Doug Wright drove the 328 BMW to a class win and finished second overall. (c)
  9. He one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers who responded to the rioting caused by Donald Trump supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2020 and disrupted a joint session of Congress to certify the vote of the Electoral College and affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (a)
  10. He died on January 9, 2021 of an apparent suicide. (d)
  11. He died while off-duty, the Capitol Police and the White House announced on January 10, 2021 without revealing the cause of death. (a)
  12. He died at the age of 51. (a)
  13. He died by suicide, Andy Levin, U.S. representative for Michigan’s ninth congressional district, tweeted on January 10, 2020. (e)

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)


a. USA Today

b. The Connection Newspapers

c. Dough Wright’s Facebook post

d. Associated Press

e. Andy Levin’s tweet

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