According to sources, the FBI identified a suspect in the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick

Theory, as CNN reported is that Sicknick fell ill with bear spray used by the mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6th. and video evidence previously reported on by CNN appears to show the attack that may have caused his death.

It remains a difficult case for investigators and it is not clear what charges they can bring.

In a statement late Friday, the US Capitol Police stated that the medical examiner’s report of Sicknick’s death was pending: “We are awaiting toxicological results and are continuing to work with other government agencies on the death investigation.”

“Officer Sicknick’s family has sought privacy during this troubled time and has stopped the spread of misinformation regarding the cause of death,” the statement said. “The department and the Sicknick family appreciate the support of our fallen officer.”

The New York Times reported first Investigators have focused on one suspect but do not yet have to identify the attacker by name.
CNN previously reported that authorities had narrowed it down to a handful of suspects, and this new video evidence from the attack helped investigators narrow it down.
Police audio played during the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump could be heard yelling during the attack that some members of the violent Capitol mob sprayed them with bear spray. Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters at the time that Capitol Policeman Eugene Goodman, who may have saved the senator from encountering the mob, told Romney on duty on Jan. 6 that “he had to breathe a lot of bear spray and tear gas and that he was feeling sick.” The couple had spoken on the internet during a hiatus attempt.

Investigators struggled for weeks to establish a federal murder case on Sicknick’s death as they rummaged through videos and photos to determine the moment he suffered his fatal injuries. Investigators found that initial reports that Sicknick had been hit with a fire extinguisher were not true, CNN previously reported.

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In the weeks since the attack, several people have been accused of attacking police officers, but none in relation to Sicknick. More than 100 other police officers were injured in hand-to-hand combat last month, including at least 15 who were hospitalized according to court records.

Nick’s body was in honor of the Capitol Earlier this month, in an emotional ceremony attended by President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Congress Director.

This story has been updated with background information and a statement from the US Capitol Police.

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