FBI targets single assailant in death investigation of Capitol police officer

Crime

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) – The FBI said it is targeting a single assailant as it continues to investigate the death of U.S. Capitol police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries suffered in the Jan. 6 riot.

Sicknick, 42, was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” and returned to his division office, where he collapsed, according to a Capitol police statement. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died on Jan. 7.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Agents have not pinpointed Sicknick’s exact cause of injuries, but recently said they suspect it was from a potential spray-type irritant, such as bear spray, that he inhaled during the riot. The investigation into Sicknick’s death is being treated as an assault.

According to officials, a video shows a person attacking several officers, including Sicknick, with spray. The suspect is also heard discussing the alleged attack prior to the incident, officials said.

Federal authorities have not identified the suspect, and the FBI is not yet releasing the video to the public.

Five people, including Sicknick, died after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to stop Congress from formally accepting the Electoral College votes that delivered November’s election to President Joe Biden.

By Minyvonne Burke and Michael Kosnar

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