Senator Bill Cassidy originally said the man was wanted for questioning in connection with the slaying of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, but he later walked back the claim
The man is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick
The FBI has released photos of a man who attended Wednesday's pro-Trump rally and is wanted for questioning in connection with the slaying of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, posted the photos on his Twitter account, saying the man is wanted for questioning. The photos show the unidentified man in a navy beanie with "CFD" on the front, wearing a flannel shirt, black backpack and cargo pants.
Authorities say he is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of Sicknick, who died from injuries he sustained during Wednesday's violent riots.
Sicknick, 42, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday from injuries he sustained "while physically engaging with protesters" at the riots, the USCP said in a statement. Law enforcement officials have told multiple outlets, including the Associated Press, that Sicknick was hit with a fire extinguisher, and the photos posted by Cassidy shows a person gripping a fire extinguisher.
"The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick's family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague," the USCP said in its statement.
The officer's death marked the fifth fatality in connection with the riots, in which a large group of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers gathered to certify Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
According to the Capitol Police, over 50 officers from the department and Metropolitan Police Department sustained injuries, while several requiring hospitalization.
"The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.," Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned from his post on Thursday, said in a previous statement. "Make no mistake – these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior."
Anyone who may recognize the man or have any information on the Capitol riots is urged to call the FBI at 1-800-225-5324 or visit https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/aad18481a3e8f02?fbclid=IwAR1eKtRahvrU6t8HeRQU6ph4Vc4DjWA_mTFgm8Yq4jDy4S7Pvx7xMgo1-iI.