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Report: FBI may have ‘singled out’ one man in connection with Capitol officer’s death

Alleged murder has been shrouded in mystery, bereft of details

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Protesters clash with police in the Capitol, Jan. 6
Protesters clash with police in the Capitol, Jan. 6
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Updated: February 27, 2021 - 11:51am

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly closer to identifying at least one person who may have played a role in the alleged murder of federal police officer Brian Sicknick during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. 

Federal investigators "narrowed potential suspects seen in video footage to a single person this week," the New York Times reported on Friday.

Widespread media reports immediately after the riot claimed that Sicknick had died after being struck in the head by a fire extinguisher during the chaos of the day. 

Yet forensic details about his death have remained publicly nonexistent in the weeks following the assault; Sicknick’s own mother reportedly doesn’t know the specifics of her son's death.

The FBI has not yet released the name of the suspect, the Times reported, though the potential assailant was reportedly one who "attacked several officers with bear spray" during the fracas.

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