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Medical ruling: Capitol cop Sicknick died of natural causes

US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died due to injuries sustained during the Captiol riots
US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died due to injuries sustained during the Captiol riots

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington, D.C., medical examiner's office says Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick suffered a stroke after confronting rioters on Jan. 6 and died of natural causes.

Investigators initially believed the officer was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, based on statements collected early in the investigation. They later thought Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance -- possibly bear spray -- that may have contributed to his death.

But the determination of a natural cause of death means the medical examiner found that a medical condition alone caused his death.

The determination is likely to significantly inhibit the ability of federal prosecutors to bring homicide charges in Sicknick's death.

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