Sources said the FBI is identifying the suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Seknick

the theory, As reported by CNN, Is that Seknik fell ill from the bear spray used by the mobs who attacked the Capitol on January 6. And video evidence CNN reported previously It appears that it shows the attack that could have caused his death.

The case remains difficult for the investigators and it is not clear what charge they will be able to bring.

In a statement late Friday, the US Capitol Police indicated that the coroner’s report on Seknik’s death was not yet complete: “We are awaiting toxicology findings and continue to work with other government agencies regarding the investigation of the death.”

“The officer’s family requested privacy during this difficult time and for the spread of misinformation regarding the cause of his death,” the statement said. “Management and the Sicknick family appreciate the outpouring of support for our fallen officer.”

The New York Times reported for the first time The investigators have focused on one suspect, but have not yet identified the attacker by name.
CNN previously reported that the authorities He filtered the matter to a handful of suspects and new video evidence from the attack helped investigators narrow it down.
In a police audio tape broadcast at the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate, officers were heard shouting during the attack that some violent Capitol crowd were spraying them with bear spray. Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah told reporters at the time Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, Who would likely save the senator from confronting the mob, indicated to Romney that he “had to breathe a lot of bear spray and tear gas and that he fell sick” during his service on 6 January. Experience.

Investigators struggled for weeks to build a federal homicide case in Sicknick’s death as they pondered videos and photos to try to determine the moment he suffered his fatal injuries. Investigators determined that initial reports that Sicknick had been hit by a fire extinguisher were incorrect, CNN previously reported.

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Several people were charged with assaulting police officers in the weeks following the attack, but no one has yet been charged in connection with Sicknick. More than 100 other police officers were injured in the clash last month, including at least 15 who required hospitalization, according to court documents.

Sicknick’s body In honor of the Capitol In an emotional ceremony early this month, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and congressional leaders paid visits.

This story has been updated with background information and a statement from the US Capitol Police.

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