BREAKING: Two men are charged with assaulting US Capitol cop Brian Sicknick who died after January riot
- Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of West Virginia, were arrested on Sunday
- Video allegedly showed the men deploying bear spray at Brian Sicknick and other officers during the January 6 MAGA riots at the US Capitol
- Authorities are still working to determine whether the suspects’ actions contributed to Sicknick’s death on January 7
Two men have been charged with assaulting US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the January 6 MAGA riots. Sicknick died the following day.
Authorities are still working to determine whether the suspects’ actions may have contributed to Sicknick’s death the day after the riots.
Video allegedly showed Khater and Tanios standing near Sicknick and other officers on the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace during the insurrection, according to court filings obtained by the post.
Prosecutors said Khater could be heard telling Tanios: ‘Give me that bear s**t.’
About nine minutes later, Khater was allegedly seen discharging chemicals believed to be bear spray into the face of Sicknick and two other officers.
Two men have been charged with assaulting US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick (pictured) with bear spray during the January 6 MAGA riots
Authorities are still working to determine whether the suspects’ actions contributed to Sicknick’s death the day after the riots (above in a file photo)
Khater and Tanios each facing nine charges, including for assaulting Sicknick and the other two officers with a deadly weapon, civil disorder and obstruction of a Congressional proceeding.
Court documents said the men – described as childhood friends – were apprehended after tipsters contacted the FBI and identified them in ‘wanted’ posters released by authorities.
Sicknick, 42, died on January 7, hours after he faced off with Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol in a bid to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
Capitol Police said Sicknick ‘was injured while physically engaging with protesters’ and collapsed after he had returned to his office following the riot.
Initial media reports suggested that Sicknick had died of injuries sustained when he was bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher during the chaos.
But sources close to the investigation recently told the Post that Sicknick did not die of blunt force trauma – calling the entire fire extinguisher narrative into question.
More than two months after his death, authorities still have yet to release an autopsy for Sicknick as the investigation remains ongoing.
DailyMail.com spoke to the officer’s mother, Gladys Sicknick, last month, who said she believes her son died from a fatal stroke, not a strike to the head.
‘He wasn’t hit on the head no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure,’ Gladys, 74, insisted.
She said the family has been largely left in the dark about the investigation into Sicknick’s death, adding: ‘We’d love to know what happened.’
This is a developing story.
Sicknick’s mother Gladys (far right) 76, told DailyMail.com the family believes her son may have suffered a fatal stroke but they ‘don’t know anything for sure.’ Pictured: Sicknick’s father, Charles (far left) his longtime girlfriend Sandra, and his mother
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in the Rotunda of the US Capitol February 3