According to multiple media reports, the FBI has expanded the scope of suspects for the death of Congressman Brian Sicknick.
According to CBS News, citing unidentified sources, it is the agency’s top priority to determine who used bear spray on multiple people during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
It is unclear how 42-year-old Sicknick, who was born in New Jersey, died. The day after the attack, Capitol Police said that Sicknick was “injured during physical contact with the protesters.” Multiple reports stated that he was hit by a fire extinguisher. But now it seems that his death may have been triggered by a reaction to bear spray, which is a chemical agent that irritates the eyes, nose and lungs and may swell them.
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However, the Congressional Police issued a statement on Friday night in response to the report, stating that the medical examiner’s report has not yet been completed.
The statement said: “We are awaiting toxicological results and continue to cooperate with other government agencies to conduct death investigations.”
The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for clarification on Saturday.
Hinick was buried in honor of the U.S. Capitol and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
More than 300 people who participated in the Congressional riots were charged with various crimes.