Slain U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick was a 1997 graduate of Middlesex County Vocational Technical High School in East Brunswick, according to a news report.
Mr. Sicknick was the fifth person to die as a consequence of the mob riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th.
According to CNN:
Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation into the death of Mr. Sicknick, the US Capitol Police officer who died Thursday night, a law enforcement official tells CNN.
Mr. Sicknick was injured Wednesday when a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol. He died at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” Capitol Police officials said in a statement. The death is being investigated by the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch, the US Capitol Police and their federal partners.
Details about his death remain in question. A rioter assaulted the officer with the extinguisher, one source told NewsNation on Thursday.
Capitol Police union chairman Gus Papathanasiou told WUSA9 that Sicknick suffered a stroke during the riots while the New York Times reported that he was also hit by the fire extinguisher.
Another official told the Times a “chemical agent” may have led to his injuries.
Mr. Sicknick’s Facebook page was filled with American flags and patriotic themes. A 1998 article in the Central New Jersey Home News said that then Airman Brian D. Sicknick was the son of Charles and Gladys Sicknick of South River.
According to The Daily Beast, Sicknick was also a former Air National Guardsman who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom. Sicknick was from New Jersey and lived in Springfield, Virginia.
He became a police officer after leaving the military
Mr. Sicknick wrote a letter to the editor in 2000 of the Central New Jersey Home News. “With the military drastically downsizing, the National Guard and Reserves are called upon more than ever. I understand this may cause a hardship on the employers,” he wrote. “There still are some employers in New Jersey that give guardsmen and reservists a hard time when they have to serve.”
He said that “these employers have to start realizing that reservists make up more than 50 percent of the military. They have to start giving these men and women some slack. In order to keep the freedoms we enjoy so much, we must rely on reservists.”
Governor Phil Murphy issued a statement:
“United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick embodied the selfless spirit of his native state. Officer Sicknick was a product of South River and a graduate of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. Before joining the Capitol Police, he was Staff Sergeant Sicknick with the New Jersey Air National Guard. He was a Fire Team Member and Leader with the 108th Security Force Squadron, 108th Wing, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and his six years of service included overseas deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends, as well as to his United States Capitol Police colleagues and the Guardsmen and Guardswomen he served alongside. We thank him for his service to our nation.
“Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection. His needless murder at the hands of a mob bent on overthrowing the Constitution he had dedicated his life to upholding is shocking. It is my fervent hope that the rioters whose actions directly contributed to his death are quickly identified and brought to justice.”
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