Capitol officer’s mom says son’s death likely from stroke, not beaten with fire extinguisher as media reported

The mother of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who passed away one day after the Capitol riots on January 6, is now rejecting the media reports that he died from being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher and instead believes the cause of death was a stroke.

Democrats reportedly accused Trump supporters of being responsible for the officer’s death due to blunt force head trauma inflicted by a fire extinguisher during the storming of the Capitol. It was a focal point during impeachment hearings against former President Trump.

But Gladys Sicknick told the Daily Mail that, “He wasn’t hit on the head, no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. We’d love to know what happened.”

The New York Times was floated the fire extinguisher injury as the cause of death in an article where the headline read: “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage.” That piece was published on Jan. 8, just two days after the violent riot.

“[Pro]-Trump supporters … overpowered Mr. Sicknick, 42, and struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials,” the New York Times stated. Democrats politically weaponized the story and even went so far as to introduce it into evidence at Trump’s impeachment trial. “Insurrectionists killed a Capitol police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher,” Democrats wrote in an incendiary memo.

That assertion is now allegedly in doubt. The media outlet corrected the claim after more than a month as soon as the impeachment trial was drawing to a close.

“New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police,” reads an update at the top of the article.

The police statement that was originally released said, “Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on duty.”

“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” police stated. “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.”

On January 8, Sicknick’s father, Charles, stated that on January 7, the family was informed that Sicknick suffered a blood clot on his brain and had a stroke. He was allegedly resuscitated twice. The officer was on life support but had passed away by the time they got there.

CNN reported on Feb. 2 that according to medical examiners Officer Sicknick did not appear to have “sustained any blunt force trauma.” The officer’s brother, Ken, had previously stated that Sicknick had texted his family hours after the riot. He claimed to have been pepper-sprayed but was doing fine.

“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” the brother stated in an interview with ProPublica. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”

Officer Sicknick’s family is still awaiting answers concerning exactly how and why he died. No official cause of death has been released.

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