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

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"The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Francisco J. Diaz, MD, FACP, issued determinations on April 7 as to the cause and manner of death for four of those individuals and today issues the cause and manner of death of the remaining individual".

Washington DC's Chief Medical Examiner confirmed on Monday that Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strikes and died of natural causes, Washington Post reports.

Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege. 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.

The report's release highlights the shifting understanding of the officer's death since the day after the riot. Diaz said he could not comment on whether Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition, citing privacy laws.

Investigators initially believed the officer was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, based on statements collected early in the investigation, according to two people familiar with the case. They each faced an array of charges, including assaulting a federal officer with a risky weapon and conspiracy, although authorities stopped short of charging them with his death.

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"On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, an unprecedented incident of civil insurrection at the United States Capitol resulted in the deaths of five individuals", the statement reads.

The Washington Post first reported the medical examiner's ruling.

"Give me that bear shit", Khater said before he reached into Tanios' backpack, according to court papers.

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.

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".

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