Steve January 12, 2021
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On Tuesday, WUSA9 reported that authorities have released images of a man wanted in connection to the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the pro-Trump riots that invaded the Capitol.

The suspect, a bearded man wearing a backpack and a blue knit cap with the letters “CFD,” appears to be the same man caught on video hurling a fire extinguisher at a line of Capitol police officers.

Here are some stills pulled from a video pic.twitter.com/O97XD0r1Fe

— Manik (@ManikRathee) January 11, 2021

The footage obtained by Storyful from Wednesday’s siege shows droves of violent demonstrators storming past a barricade as US Capitol Police desperately try to keep them corralled on the west side of the building at about 2:30 p.m.

“They broke through, it’s on!” one man is heard yelling as the chaotic clip begins.

Moments later, the rioter is seen tossing the fire extinguisher toward a group of officers below, striking one on the helmet.

It’s unclear if the cop who was hit in the head was Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42. He died at a hospital Thursday after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the melee, two law enforcement sources told the Associated Press.

The short sequence where you can see his face: pic.twitter.com/nqHWRWL2BH

— Manik (@ManikRathee) January 11, 2021

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) tweeted photos of the suspect which he said Capitol Police had shared with him.

The senator initially said the man in the photo was a suspect in the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the force who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the riots, sources tell WUSA9. Cassidy urged anyone who may recognize the suspect to contact the FBI with more information.

“U.S. Capitol Police just shared this picture with me. This man is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Cassidy said in a now-deleted Tweet.

Tuesday evening, Cassidy walked back his statement, saying the Capitol Police are investigating the man in the photos as a “person of interest” in a separate incident that occurred at the Capitol riots, not the death of officer Sicknick.

Seen here on the Capitol’s west-side:pic.twitter.com/6zt7iuMiZA

— John P. Jones (@J_PaulJones) January 12, 2021

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