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Police Brian Sicknick died of a stroke from a blood clot in an artery reaching his brain, the medical examiner report showed.

A medical examiner in the US capital ruled that police officer Brian Sicknick, who had been sprayed with chemicals in January 6 riot at the US Capitol, died a day later of natural cause after having had two strokes.

In a report released on Monday, the Washington, DC office of medical examiners said Sicknick died after a stroke caused by a blood clot in the base of the brain.

The official cause of death was “acute cerebral infarction and cerebellar infarction due to arterial thrombosis”.

The investigator’s report said Sicknick was sprayed with chemicals outside the US Capitol on the afternoon of January 6, when hundreds of rioters were trying to spill into the building.

The 42-year-old collapsed a few hours later and was taken to the local hospital where he was died the next night.

Prosecutors of the US Department of Justice were charge two men, Julian Khater and George Tanios, with the deadly weapon attack, after investigators said they sprayed at least three officers, including Sicknick, with a potentially powerful chemical. is a bear spray.

The DC medical examiner report means that Sicknick’s death was caused by illness, not due to other factors such as injury, and neither a murder nor the result of an accident. accident. An autopsy found no evidence that Sicknick had an allergic reaction.

Sicknick was among hundreds of proposals by police who fought rioters trying to spill into the Capitol of the United States on Jan. 6.

“Everything that happened played a role in his condition,” DC Medical Director Dr Francisco Diaz told The Washington Post.

Acting US Attorney Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement on January 8, after it appeared that Sicknick had died from injuries sustained in the riot, that the Justice Department would “spared no resources to investigate and regulate. responsibility for responsible people “.

The DC medical examiner’s ruling now makes it difficult for federal prosecutors to bring murder charges against two men who were arrested and charged with assaulting Sicknick and other officers during the riot.

Sicknick’s remains put in honor in February inside the Capitol building of the United States, where lawmakers and President Joe Biden pay homage.



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