DC Chief Medical Examiner confirms Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes

United States Capitol Police

United States Capitol Police

The D.C. medical examiner's office says Sicknick, who was injured during the January 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and ruled the officer died from natural causes.

Washington DC's Chief Medical Examiner confirmed on Monday that Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strikes and died of natural causes, Washington Post reports.

Sicknick, 42, grew up in South River, in the same county as two suspects charged with assaulting him, Julian Khater and George Tanios, who were raised in New Brunswick. And they later thought perhaps Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance - possibly bear spray - that may have contributed to his death.

However, Diaz added that Sicknick having been among the officers who engaged with the Capitol mob "played a role in his condition".

The report's release highlights the shifting understanding of the officer's death since the day after the riot.

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Sicknick joined the Capitol Police in 2008, and was honored at the Capitol following his death. Early reports attributed Sicknick's death with being hit by a fire extinguisher, and investigators subsequently shared their suspicions with the New York Times that a chemical irritant like bear spray may have been to blame.

According to the medical examiner, a stroke is specifically what caused Sicknick's "natural" death, and, "If death is hastened by an injury, the manner of death is not considered natural". Diaz's determination that Sicknick died of natural causes will likely hamper prosecutors' efforts to charge the two rioters with homicide. The ruling, released Monday, exposes one of the biggest lies the mainstream media has ever told, that Officer Sicknick died at the hands of rioters because of former President Trump.

Acting U.S. attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a January 8 statement that Sicknick died of "the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol".

Sicknick was standing guard with other officers behind metal bicycle racks as the mob descended on the Capitol.

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