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Here Is Man Who Threw Fire Extinguisher At U.S. Capitol Police

Here Is Man Who Threw Fire Extinguisher At U.S. Capitol Police

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

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