Washington D.C. — The United States Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick died Thursday night after protesters on Capitol Hill became violent.
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While federal authorities are still investigating the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the Capitol riot, but one leading theory is that his death was caused by bear spray, Insider reports.
Sicknick died one day after the riot after collapsing in his office. Capitol Police said in a statement last month that he was "injured while physically engaging with protestors” during the incident.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III said during a press conference last week that the investigation into Sicknick’s death remains ongoing, but investigators told CNN this week that the list of suspects have been narrowed down, and that the top theory is that he was fatally hit by the chemical irritant known as bear spray.
Video of the incident played during former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial shows some officers shouting during the attack that someone was using bear spray against them. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, confirmed on Wednesday that Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman told him that "he had to breathe a lot of bear spray and tear gas and that he was nauseated" during the riot.
Another officer responding to the incident, Metropolitan Police Officer Christina Laury told WJLA in January that "by the time I got there, officers were already getting, you know, sprayed with whatever these individuals had, which I believe they had bear mace, which is literally used for bears.”
Brian Sicknick's mother questioned her son's cause of death, which was attributed to the Capitol Police officer being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher during the Jan. 6 riot.
Gladys Sicknick, 74, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail she did not know what killed her son, but suggested he might have died of a stroke.
"He wasn't hit on the head, no; we think he had a stroke," Gladys Sicknick said in a story published Monday. "But we don't know anything for sure. We'd love to know what happened."
Brian Sicknick, 42, died while on life support a day after demonstrators protesting the election results rioted at the Capitol.
The Daily Mail said Capitol Police had not confirmed Sicknick's official cause of death.
"Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on duty," according a police statement.
"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters," police added. "He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries."
On Jan. 8, The New York Times reported supporters of then-President Donald Trump "overpowered Mr Sicknick, 42, and struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials. With a bloody gash in his head, Mr. Sicknick was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support."
The Daily Mail confirmed with D.C.'s Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services that Sicknick was not "rushed to hospital" and returned to his division department.
Sicknick's brother Ken spoke with ProPublica on Jan. 8 and said his brother had been in good spirits, and had texted him after returning to the department.
Ken Sicknick said his brother texted "last night and said, 'I got pepper-sprayed twice,'" but was in good shape.
Sicknick's father, Charles, 81, told Reuters on Jan. 8 the family had been told Brian Sicknick had a blood clot on his brain and suffered a stroke.
Authorities largely have been quiet about Sicknick's death.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, along with his fellow police officers, attended Sicknick's memorial service in the Capitol rotunda. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.