The cause of his death remained unknown for several months.
The Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia has ruled that Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes after a fight with a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump at the US Capitol.
The medical examiner said the 42-year-old officer’s cause of death was natural causes caused by a stroke. He died the day after the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
The findings mean it will be difficult for federal prosecutors to bring murder charges connected with Sicknick’s death.
Two men, George Tanios and Julian Khater were charged with assaulting three police officers, including Sicknick, on January 6 by spraying them with a chemical irritant. The Washington Post first reported on the medical examiner’s decision.