A CAPITOL rioter seen on video using a mace or bear spray is being eyed by the FBI as a suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whom investigators believe died due to an irritant, it was reported on Friday.
Sicknick, 42, was injured while protecting the Capitol from entering rioters during the January 6 insurrection when he was mace or bear sprayed during the riot and died the following day.FBI are eyeing a suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brain SicknickCredit: Alamy Live News The FBI has video of a person spraying Sicknick with bear sprayCredit: AP:Associated Press
Law enforcement sources confirmed to the New York Times the FBI is closing in on a suspect in the death of New Jersey born Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the force.
Investigators are pinpointing a man seen on video spraying officers during the riots with bear spray, including Sicknick.
The potential assailant was not named in the report, and the FBI declined to comment.
When Sicknick died on January 7, Capitol Police stated he "was injured while physically engaging with protestors."Investigators believe Sicknick died to an irritantCredit: Alamy Live News Sicknick was one of five people to have died on the January 6 insurrectionCredit: Reuters
Their statement added that he then "returned to his division office and collapsed" before succumbing to his injuries at the hospital.
Five people, including Sicknick, died as a result of the riots at the Capitol on January 6, when former President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to "fight like hell" to stop the certification of Joe Biden's win.
Sicknick served in the military before joining the Capitol police, and was deployed twice overseas.
He was a National Guard veteran who served in Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan.
Joe Biden and First Lady Jill pay respects as hero Capitol riot cop Brian Sicknick's body lies in state in Rotunda