The FBI has identified a suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, according to multiple media reports.
Identifying the man believed to have used bear spray against multiple people during the Jan. 6 raid on the US Capitol is a priority for the agency, CBS News reported, citing unidentified sources.
It’s unclear exactly how the New Jersey-born Sicknick, 42, died. The day after the attack, Capitol Police said Sicknick was injured “while physically interacting with the protesters.” Several reports said he was hit with a fire extinguisher. But now it appears that his death could have been triggered by a response to bear spray, a chemical agent that irritates the eyes, nose and lungs and can cause them to swell.
The New York Times reported for the first time that a suspect was identified in the case.
However, Capitol Police issued a statement late Friday in response to reports saying that the medical examiner’s report is not yet complete.
“We are awaiting toxicology results and continue to work with other government agencies regarding the death investigation,” the statement said.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on Saturday.
Sicknick lay in honor in the United States Capitol and was scheduled to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
More than 300 people who participated in the Capitol riots have been charged with various crimes.