The remains of a police officer killed when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol last month have been taken to the building's historic rotunda to lie in honour.

Brian Sicknick was on duty when rioters, angry over US president Donald Trump's election loss, stormed the building on 6 January, and was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.

He died the following day in hospital.

An honour guard carried an urn with the cremated remains of the 42-year-old and a folded flag up the steps of the US Capitol.

President Joe Biden travelled to the Capitol to pay tribute to Officer Sicknick shortly after the ceremony began on Tuesday night.

He placed his hand on the urn in the centre of the Capitol Rotunda, saying a prayer and sadly shaking his head as he observed a memorial wreath nearby.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a handful of other congressional leaders also paid their respects.

A viewing period for Capitol Police is being held overnight and on Wednesday morning politicians will pay tribute before a ceremonial departure for Arlington National Cemetery, where he will be interred.

Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer released a joint statement last week saying: "The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution.

"His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve."

Officer Sicknick, from South River, New Jersey, enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997, deploying to Saudi Arabia and then Kyrgyzstan, and joined the US Capitol Police in 2008.

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