New details have emerged in the death of Brian Sicknick, the police officer who was injured while trying to protect the Capitol during pro-Trump mob rioting on Jan. 6. This information might indicate that the person potentially responsible for his death may not have killed him deliberately.
FBI Identifies Suspect
The FBI launched a homicide investigation into Sicknick’s death a few days after the assault on the Capitol. The New York Times reported, “Investigators initially struggled to determine what had happened as he fought assailants. They soon began to suspect his death was related to an irritant, like mace or bear spray, that he had inhaled during the riot. Both officers and rioters were armed with such irritants during the attack.”
Based on statements made by people at the incident, investigators initially believed the officer was struck with a fire extinguisher. But later they realized that his death was caused by a different type of injury. Now, they say they have identified a person who may have been responsible.
From The Times:
“In a significant breakthrough in the case, investigators have now pinpointed a person seen on video of the riot who attacked several officers with bear spray, including Officer Sicknick, according to the officials. And video evidence shows that the assailant discussed attacking officers with the bear spray beforehand, one of the officials said.”
While investigators have now narrowed potential suspects seen in video footage to a sin...