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Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled.
The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege.
The article goes on to state the following:
In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.
After returning to his office on the evening of Jan. 6 after the riot at the Capitol, Officer Sicknick collapsed, and died the next evening, on Jan. 7.
Early reports that he had been hit on the head by a fire extinguisher were later refuted. In March, two men were accused of spraying a chemical into Sicknick’s face, as well as into the face of two other officers.
However, the medical examiner said “all that transpired played a role in his condition,” and revealed the actual cause of death was due to two strokes Sicknick suffered at the base of the brain stem caused by a clot in an artery that supplies blood to that area of the body.
Citing privacy laws, Diaz said he could not comment on whether Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition, but said there was no evidence that he suffered any allergic reaction to chemical irritants.
Sicknick had joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1997, and had deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1999 and to Kyrgyzstan in 2003, the report states.
A separate report by Fox News states that the two men charged last month with assaulting Sicknick with bear spray during the riot, Julian Elie Khater, 32, of State College, Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, each face multiple charges, including assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to injure an officer. However, they have not been charged with Sicknick’s death.
Each assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Fox News reported.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted, “Why did it take over three months to determine how Officer Sicknick died?This doesn’t make any sense. Only person killed January 6 was an unarmed woman killed by a policeman. Imagine media outcry if she had not been a Trump supporter. The media narrative has now collapsed.”
Why did it take over three months to determine how Officer Sicknick died?This doesn’t make any sense. Only person killed January 6 was an unarmed woman killed by a policeman. Imagine media outcry if she had not been a Trump supporter. The media narrative has now collapsed.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 19, 2021
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted, “Activist media outlets & dishonest Democrats who rushed to blame his death on “Trump supporters” should be ashamed at themselves for peddling such a baseless lie.”
The Washington Post is reporting Officer Sicknick died of natural causes, suffering 2 strokes on Jan. 7th
Activist media outlets & dishonest Democrats who rushed to blame his death on “Trump supporters” should be ashamed at themselves for peddling such a baseless lie
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 19, 2021
BREAKING: DC Medical Examiner rules Officer Sicknick died of natural causes, two strokes due to blood clot. Autopsy found no evidence of allergic reaction to chemical irritants, internal or external injuries. Examiner cannot comment on pre-existing conditions due to privacy laws.
— Reasonable Officer Poso (@JackPosobiec) April 19, 2021
One of the biggest media disinformation instances in American History. And only now the truth is coming out after they fabricated an entire story (that Sicknick was killed by a rioter with a fire-extinguisher) of out of thin air. Just wow. pic.twitter.com/yjBjo6LrB4
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 19, 2021
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
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