US Capitol Officer Injured During Capitol Breach Dies, $100k Reward Offered for Suspect’s Arrest
Washington, DC – LENN previously reported on the breaching of the United States Capitol on January 6th during the Electoral College certification. Since that time, an officer has died from an injury suffered during the unrest.
Officer Brian Sicknick with the US Capitol Police was pepper sprayed and hit in the head with a fire extinguisher by an unknown assailant. He was rattled, but reportedly continued to work at to keep people in order. Hours later when he returned to the department, he collapsed.
Officer Sicknick, 42 years old, was resuscitated twice by ambulance crews as he was rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had a brain bleed from the impact of the fire extinguisher. He was pronounced deceased the next day.
Charles Sicknick, Officer Sicknick’s father, said that Brian ended up with a clot in his brain. Charles said, “If they had operated on him, he would’ve become a vegetable.”
The U.S. Capitol Police says an officer who was injured after responding to riots at the Capitol has died. Officer Brian D. Sicknick died due to injuries sustained while on-duty, physically engaging with protesters.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 8, 2021
Officer Sicknick is originally from South River, New Jersey. He joined the department in 2008 and was a member of the First Responder’s Unit. Before becoming an officer, he served with the Air National Guard and was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and his long time girlfriend.
His brother, Ken Sicknick, said that Brian “wanted to be a police officer his entire life.” He said, “Brian is a hero, and that is what we would like people to remember.”
A federal investigation is underway. It was announced on Friday that North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for Officer Sicknick’s death.
In a press release, NABTU said, “Those that have information should communicate that information to firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails are confidential. If there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts to be determined by NABTU. This reward offer expires on March 1, 2021.”
The North America’s Building Trades Unions is made up of 14 unions in the construction industry in the US and Canada, representing over three million professionals.