The FBI has released two photos of a suspect they want to question about the murder of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick during last week’s violent riots.
The first photo shows an older bearded man wearing a blue knit cap with the letters ‘CFD’ stitched on it.
The second photo, which does not show the suspect’s face, appears to be a screengrab from a video in which a man was seen launching a fire extinguisher that struck a Capitol police officer on the head.
Authorities have yet to confirm whether the officer in that video was Sicknick, who died on Thursday night after having been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher as he and his colleagues faced off with hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol the day before.
The FBI has asked anyone who may recognize the man in the photos to contact investigators immediately.
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The FBI on Tuesday released a photo (left) of the suspect they want to question for the murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick (right), who died after being struck in the head by a fire extinguisher during last week’s riots in Washington, DC
The FBI also shared a second image (left) which appeared to be a screengrab from a video in which a man was seen launching a fire extinguisher that struck a Capitol police officer in the head. A screengrab taken by DailyMail.com is shown right
A wider grab from the video shows a man walking up to the group of cops with a fire extinguisher in hand
DailyMail.com on Monday released the disturbing video in which a MAGA rioter was seen throwing a fire extinguisher into a group of Capitol Police officers.
At the start of the two-minute clip, a fire extinguisher is seen lying on the ground while dozens of police officers work to fight off a mob of Trump supporters surging toward the Capitol building in a futile bid to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
A protester is then seen picking up the extinguisher and walking toward a throng of fellow rioters clashing with cops.
The video cuts to another protester pushing an officer off the ledge of the building – before the man with the extinguisher comes out of nowhere and launches it at the cops. It bounces off the helmet of one officer before striking another, who falls backward. He appears to regain his balance slightly before the clip cuts off.
Last week authorities revealed that Sicknick had died as a result of injuries he sustained during the riots – including a blow to the head by a fire extinguisher.
Sicknick managed to walk away from the melee before collapsing hours later at his division office. He was hospitalized and placed on life support before being declared dead the following night.
In the two-minute clip, officers are seen trying to fight off a chaotic mob of Trump supporters surging toward barriers around the Capitol building. One of the rioters appears to push an officer off a ledge
Moments later, another rioter comes out of nowhere and hurls the fire extinguisher at the head of police officers in the crowd
It does appear that an officer struck by the extinguisher falls to the ground, but it’s unclear if they get back up
At the beginning of the video the fire extinguisher is seen lying on the ground amid the chaos (left) before a man in a backpack leans down to pick it up (right)
At least 20 people have been charged in Washington DC’s federal district court and another 40 have been charged in the local superior court since the siege on the US Capitol, which left five people dead, according to the Justice Department.
Investigators are combing social media images that showed hundreds of people swarming the building, attacking police, stealing computers and artifacts and smashing windows.
From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Sicknick wanted to be a police officer. He enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997
The US Attorney’s office in Washington is leading the federal investigation into Sicknick’s murder, with help from the FBI, the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the Capitol Police.
In a statement, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the Department of Justice ‘will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible’.
Sicknick’s family released a heartbreaking statement on Monday remembering him as a ‘lovely, humble soul’ who had always wanted to be a police officer and was ‘very passionate’ about his job.
‘There really aren’t enough kind words in any language to describe how sweet Brian was. He was truly a lovely, humble soul. We are missing him terribly,’ the statement read.
‘He was sweet natured through and through. Everyone who met him adored him. He also loved his dachshunds dearly, spoiling them, and ensuring they got the best care possible.
‘He also had an incredible work ethic. He was very serious about showing up to work on time and refused to call out sick unless absolutely necessary.
‘Our loss of Brian will leave a large hole in our hearts. The tremendous support we have received from the US Capitol Police, the law enforcement community, and the community as a whole has been overwhelmingly warm and generous. We’re very grateful for everyone’s kindness during this difficult time.’
From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Sicknick wanted to be a police officer, his family said.
He enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997, deploying to Saudi Arabia and then Kyrgyzstan. He went on to join the Capitol Police in 2008.
Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that left nation stunned
Earlier on Tuesday, the FBI in New York City arrested another person in connection with the riot.
An FBI spokeswoman said agents arrested Aaron Mostofsky, whom multiple news outlets identified as the son of New York Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky.
Mostofsky’s presence at the Capitol was cited in an article by the New York Post, which identified him as the judge’s son.
The article also featured a video of Mostofsky dressed in a fur costume at the Capitol.
The Post quoted him as saying in an interview: ‘We were cheated. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump – I think it was close to 85 million.’
In a criminal complaint released on Tuesday, the Justice Department charged Mostofsky with theft of government property, unlawful entry, knowingly impeding government business and disorderly conduct.
The complaint cites the reporting by the New York Post, and says that he was photographed carrying a US Capitol Police shield and wearing a police vest, both of which are valued at more than $2000.
He is scheduled to make an appearance in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Two other suspects are also due to make appearances in various federal courts on Tuesday, including one who was arrested after Molotov cocktails were found in his truck and another who was photographed sitting at the desk of a staffer of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On Tuesday, Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin also issued a statement urging members of the media who were attacked or threatened during the riot to contact his office to give details.
‘We are resolutely committed to upholding the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, including speech, peaceful assembly, and press, and we will investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable anyone who attempts to obstruct or curtail these freedoms through violence or intimidation,’ he said.