Federal authorities will open a murder investigation following a Capitol Police officer’s death after Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol building, according to multiple media reports.
The U.S. attorney’s office has opened a federal probe into the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, several law enforcement officials told ABC News.
Sicknick was a 42-year-old military veteran, who had worked for the Capitol Police for 12 years, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam stated.
The investigation will be conducted jointly between the FBI and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, with cooperation from U.S. Capitol Police.
Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen stated that the Department of Justice “will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.”
A Statement that was posted on the Capitol Police website said: “Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters.
“He returned to his division office and collapsed. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP (U.S. Capitol Police), and our federal partners.”
According to sources familiar with the matter, authorities believe Sicknick’s death was driven by a medical condition. They’re also investigating reports that he was attacked with a fire extinguisher or another item at the Capitol, sources said.
“On behalf of the House of Representatives, I send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after defending the Capitol complex and protecting those who serve and work here,” Pelosi said in a statement Friday.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Friday afternoon, “Officer Sicknick is an American hero who gave his life defending our Capitol and this Nation will never forget or fail to honor the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick.”
Law enforcement said that more than 50 Capitol Police and Metropolitan police officers suffered injuries in the rioting and several officers have been hospitalized “with serious injuries.”