Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Federal authorities made the arrests, though there is uncertainty as to weather Sicknick died as a result of altercations on that day.
Those arrested are Pennsylvanian man Julian Elie Khater, 32, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, from Morgantown, West Virg. Both men were arrested on Sunday and are expected in federal court on Monday.
The men are charged with nine counts. These include assaulting Sicknick, and two other officers, with a "deadly weapon," a canister of bear spray. Additionally, they face charges of obstruction of a congressional proceeding and civil disorder, and could face 20 years in federal prison.
The men are alleged to have sprayed Sicknick with bear spray. In a video, Khater can be heard to say to Tanios "Give me that bear sh*t." The video was shot at the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol at 2:14 pm, according to the Washington Post.
Sicknick was reportedly near the men at the time they discussed bear spray, standing behind bicycle racks. Khater said he had been hit with bear spray, and can be seen on video spraying bear spray in the officer's face, according to arrest records.
A cause of death has not been announced as regards Officer Sicknick, and the men are not being charged with a homicide. Sicknick is one of five who died surrounding the events of the Capitol riot. Ashli Babbit was shot by Capitol Police, while three others suffered fatal medical events.
Capitol Police reported that Sicknick "was injured while physically engaging with protesters" and that he died after returning to his office.