BREAKING: Cause Of Death Announced For Capitol Police Officer
The Washington, D.C., chief medical examiner on Monday issued his final ruling on the cause of death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Francisco J. Diaz determined that Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes the day after he confronted the riotous, insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Diaz told the Washington Post that his autopsy found no evidence that the 42-year-old had suffered an allergic reaction to the chemical irritants of the bear spray that he was subjected to as he attempted to defend the west front of the Capitol during the siege. He said Sicknick suffered two strokes at the base of the brain stem caused by a clot in an artery that supplies blood to that area of the body.
Diaz refused to comment on whether Sicknick had a pre-existing medical condition, citing privacy laws. He did, however, say that “all that transpired played a role in his condition.”
Sicknick collapsed after returning to his office during the riot and died about eight hours later, on Jan. 7.
Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, W.Va., grew up together in New Jersey, authorities said.
Christopher Geldart, the District’s acting deputy mayor for public safety, said Monday the medical examiner’s office “took the appropriate amount of time to evaluate all the evidence” in Sicknick’s death, which he said including reviewing videos, statements from officers and the results of toxicology screens.Geldart said Diaz “felt he was able to make this call in good conscience.”