The Washington, DC prosecutor’s office ruled on Monday that Brian Sicknick, a parliamentary police officer who was injured in the riots on January 6, suffered a stroke and died of natural causes.
Sicknick was one of five people who died after the riot. Two men were charged with attacking Sicknick in a melee attack.
Investigators initially believed that he had been hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, based on statements collected early in the investigation, according to two people familiar with the case. And they later suspected that Sicknick had ingested a chemical (probably a bear spray) that could have contributed to his death.
However, determining the cause of natural causes means that a medical inspector found that only the condition caused his death — it was not caused by an injury. This decision could significantly impede the ability of federal prosecutors to file murder charges in connection with Sicknick’s death.
A male lawyer charged with assault did not comment.
Sicknick died after protecting the Capitol from mobs who attacked the building while Congress was voting to prove Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the election. It came after Trump urged supporters of the National Mall to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat.
Parliamentary officer died of natural causes – NBC10 Philadelphia
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