Medical examiner: Officer from NJ died of natural causes following Capitol riot

The Washington, D.C. Medical Examiner's Office has determined Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, a South River native, suffered a stroke during the Capital riot back in January.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2021, 10:49 AM

Updated 1,135 days ago

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The Washington, D.C. Medical Examiner's Office has determined Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, a South River native, suffered a stroke during the Capital riot back in January.
The medical examiner's office says Sicknick suffered a stroke after confronting rioters on Jan. 6 and died of natural causes.
This means the medical examiner found that a medical condition alone caused his death.
The determination will most likely prevent federal prosecutors from bringing homicide charges against anyone concerning Sicknick's death.
Investigators initially believed Sicknick was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, after information was gathered shortly after the Capital riot.
Then, it was thought Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance, possibly even bear spray, that may have played a part in his tragic death. He was sprayed with a substance, but it apparently did not play a role in causing his death.
In a statement, the U.S. Capitol Police said it accepts the medical examiner's finding and adds, "This does not change the fact Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty, courageously defending Congress and the Capitol."


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