US Capitol Police officer died of natural causes after attack -medical examiner

BREAKING DC Chief Medical Examiner confirms Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes

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Last month, federal authorities arrested two men who allegedly assaulted Sicknick with bear spray at the Capitol, but authorities did not say if the assault directly contributed to his death the next day.

Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the January 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled.

Francisco J. Diaz, the examiner, said Sicknick died after suffering two strokes the day after the riot, caused by a blood clot that prevented flow to the base of Sicknick's brain stem.

Lawyers for the two men had no immediate comment Monday.

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. The New York Times and Associated Press, for example, reported that Sicknick was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher, claims which were repeated by cable news networks. The senator described Sicknick's death as a "crime" that "demands the full attention of federal law enforcement".

"When white supremacists attacked our nation's capital, they took the life of one of our officers", said Sen. Police said that Sicknick collapsed after he returned to his office in the wake of the riot.

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".

Acting U.S. attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a January 8 statement that Sicknick died of "the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol". "The FBI and Metropolitan Police Department will jointly investigate the case and the Department of Justice will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible".

The Capitol Police had previously said in a statement that Sicknick "was injured while physically engaging with protesters".

But the determination of a natural cause of death means the medical examiner found that a medical condition alone caused his death - it was not brought on by an injury.

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