The man who struck down three U.S. Capitol Police officers with a fire extinguisher during
last week’s storming of the Capitol has been identified as a retired Pennsylvania firefighter.
The man, Robert Sanford, 55, of Boothyn, Pennsylvania was arrested on Thursday after being charged a day earlier.
Federal prosecutors say that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Sanford struck
three U.S. Capitol Police officers with a fire extinguisher. A video, recorded by an individual who was present in the crowd, captures a man throwing what appears to be a fire extinguisher at a group of Capitol Police officers who were defending the lower west terrace of the Capitol.
The fire extinguisher struck one officer, who was wearing a helmet, in the head; then, the fire extinguisher
ricochets striking a second officer, who was not wearing a helmet, in the head; and ricochets a third time and strikes a third officer, wearing a helmet, in the head. After throwing the fire extinguisher, Sanford leaves the area in the opposite direction.
Federal authorities say they were able to identify Sanford, after receiving a tip on January 12.
In a court filing, prosecutors cite a video captured by an individual who was present in the crowd during the attack.
The video was shot from an elevated position and showed an area of the Capitol with a large group of police officers surrounded on at least three sides by a group of insurrectionists. A United States Capitol Police Special Agent identified the area as being the Lower West Terrace of the United States Capitol