- Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting US Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick.
- Sicknick died one day after the Capitol riot, where investigators say Sicknick may have been targeted with a chemical substance.
- The men allegedly used bear spray on Sicknick and two other officers, the Washington Post reported.
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Two men have been arrested and charged with the assault of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police Officer who was killed during the insurrection, the Washington Post reported Monday.
Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39 of Morgantown, West Virginia, were arrested on Sunday and expected in federal court on Monday.
It wasn’t determined whether the alleged assault resulted in Sicknick’s death.
Arrest papers viewed by the Post indicated that Khater asked Tanios for pepper spray, which he then used on Sicknick and two other officers.
“Give me that bear s—,” documents say Khater said to Tanios on video recorded at the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol on the afternoon of January 6.
Khater said nine minutes later he had been pepper-sprayed and then was seen discharging a canister into Sicknick’s face, the papers viewed by the Post say.
The two men were arrested after tipsters contacted the FBI and identified them in surveillance video released by the agency, according to the Associated Press.
Khater and Tanios are both charged with nine counts including assaulting Sicknick, a US Capitol Police officer identified as C. Edwards, and a DC police officer identified as B. Chapman with a deadly weapon.
Sicknick died at the age of 42, one day after “physically engaging with protesters” who were storming the Capitol building, Investigators previously told CNN that Sicknick may have been fatally hit with bear spray during the riot.
Sicknick’s death has not been ruled a homicide and the investigation into his cause of death has not yet been made public.
Khater and Tanios are expected to appear in court on Monday. Their arrest papers were not immediately available in the federal court database.
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