Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Died Of Natural Causes

United States Capitol Police

Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer died after responding to the violent riots at the Capitol on January 6th, reportedly died from natural causes after suffering two strokes, according to the chief medical examiner. And they later thought the 42-year-old Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance - possibly bear spray - that may have contributed to his death.

Sicknick was one of five people who died after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, interrupting the electoral count that certified Joe Biden as the victor of the November election.

In February, Sicknick became only the fifth person in history to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders.

Conflicting reports emerged of the circumstances of Sicknick's death. Diaz said he could not comment on whether Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition, citing privacy laws.

Despite suggesting the siege of the Capitol "resulted in" Sicknick's death, its cause is listed as "acute brainstem and cerebellar infarcts due to acute basilar artery thrombosis" and manner is listed as "natural". 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.

The medical examiner's office "took the appropriate amount of time to evaluate all the evidence", acting deputy mayor for public safety Christopher Geldhart told the Post.

Sicknick collapsed at the Capitol around 10 p.m. that evening on January 6th, before being pronounced dead at a local hospital at 9:30 p.m. the following night.

Khater and Tanios are not charged in Sicknick's death, and the officer's natural cause of death will make it unlikely they or anyone else is charged with homicide in his death.

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