The death of police officer Brian Siknick, who died after storming the Capitol, was of natural causes. That was the conclusion reached by the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia, Francisco Diaz. This was reported by The Washington Post on Monday, April 19.
The law enforcement officer suffered two strokes and died the day after the riot at the congressional building.
Earlier, the investigation had put forward a version of the police officer’s death from the spraying of a chemical substance, but the results of the autopsy disproved that version. There were no traces of a reaction and no signs of external or internal injuries.
According to the chief medical examiner, these findings would complicate the work of prosecutors, as they were about to press murder charges in connection with the death of Siknic while dispersing protesters.
On Jan. 7, Capitol Police confirmed the death of their officer who was injured during the Jan. 6 riots in Washington. According to the department, Brian D. Siknick died due to injuries sustained while on duty. He was involved in dispersing the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
The riots in Washington broke out Jan. 6 during the congressional confirmation of the presidential election results. Lawmakers had to interrupt a debate because Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. As a result, there were clashes with police in which dozens of people on both sides were injured. Police were forced to use tear gas and stun grenades. Five people died in the riots, including what was believed to be a Siknick police officer.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation filed more than 160 criminal cases in connection with the events in Washington. The punishment for some of the charges in connection with the Capitol storming could be up to 20 years in prison.