The Chief Medical Examiner in the District of Columbia confirmed Monday that Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick -who was visibly attacked by rioters trying to enter the building- died of natural causes following a series of strokes.
“Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say,” reports the Washington Post.
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say https://t.co/jgJ3VdcmLY
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 19, 2021
“Medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz, in an interview with the Post, said that Sicknick’s autopsy did not find any evidence that the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to the chemical substance, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to seize. Diaz also said there were no indications of internal or external injuries,” reports The Hill.
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DEVELOPING: Two Men Arrested, Charged with Assault Against Capitol Hill Officer Who Later Died
From Fox News:
Two men have been charged with assaulting fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on Jan. 6 after prosecutors say video evidence shows them dousing Sicknick and other law enforcement officers with a chemical spray outside the building, according to a report Monday.
But the suspects have not been charged with homicide, and prosecutors so far have not implicated anyone directly in causing Sicknick’s demise, as an official cause of death remains pending.
Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39 of Morgantown, West Virginia, were arrested Sunday and are expected to make a court appearance Monday, the Washington Post first reported.
Each faces nine counts, including assault with a deadly weapon against Sicknick, a second Capitol police officer identified in court documents as “C. Edwards,” and a D.C. Metropolitan Police officer identified as “B. Chapman.”
Tipsters helped identify the two suspects using surveillance and body-camera images released by the FBI. According to charging documents, video shows Khater asking Tanios for a can of bear mace at 2:14 p.m. near the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol. About nine minutes later, Khater, who says he was struck with bear spray, is seen discharging a canister into the faces of Sicknick and the other officers.
The charging documents also reveal that Khater and Tanios grew up together in New Jersey, and that Khater had worked in State College, Pennsylvania, and Tanios owns a business in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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NATION MOURNS: Capitol Police Officer Dies from Injuries, 4th Member Killed in Line of Duty in 200 Years
Officer Brian Sicknick of the US Capitol Police died Thursday night after suffering serious injuries during the storming of the US Capitol Building earlier this week; becoming the fourth member of that department to die in the line of duty in 200 years.
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) January 8, 2021
Capitol Police confirms that one of its own officers died tonight after being injured in yesterday’s riots sparked by pro-Trump extremists. pic.twitter.com/FqgAWCwZpK
— Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) January 8, 2021
“The officers observed a moment of silence around midnight to honor Officer Brian D. Sicknick, the fourth member of the force to die since it was founded nearly 200 years ago, and the fifth death stemming from the riot,” reports Fox News.
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