Retired firefighter arrested; FBI investigating 30 people in Capitol police officer’s death following mob riot

Federal authorities are reportedly investigating up to 30 people in connection to the death of a Capitol police officer who died after “engaging with protesters” at the U.S. Capitol building during a mob breach on January 6.

Authorities have not revealed Officer Brian Sicknick’s cause of death, but Capitol police indicated in a statement last week that he suffered fatal injuries at the riot, though he was reportedly back at his office when he collapsed. According to multiple reports, Sicknick was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, though EMS documents recently obtained by Fox 5 D.C. show that first responders observed possible evidence that Sicknick had been exposed to a chemical agent.

On Thursday, federal agents arrested retired firefighter Robert Sanford, of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, charing him with multiple accounts, including assault of a police officer, the New York Post reports. Sanford is accused of throwing a fire extinguisher, but a law enforcement source told the New York Post that Sanford’s charges are unrelated to Sicknick’s death.

But the FBI is reportedly looking at more than 30 people in connection to the officer’s death, with some outlets reporting the number is up to 37. The report does not indicate if any of those suspected of involvement are in custody of have been positively identified from photos and videos taken at the Capitol riot.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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[Feature image: Members of the National Guard arrive to secure the area outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)]