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Ex-Firefighter Accused of Throwing Fire Extinguisher Charged in US Capitol Breach

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Ex-Firefighter Accused of Throwing Fire Extinguisher Charged in US Capitol Breach

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A retired Pennsylvania firefighter has been arrested and charged for allegedly striking police officers with a fire extinguisher during the U.S. Capitol riots, the Justice Department announced. A criminal complaint identified the man as 55-year-old Robert Sanford, who has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly or disruptive conduct on capitol grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers while engaged in the performance of official duties. Prosecutors are alleging that Sanford is the man in a video who threw what appears to be a fire extinguisher at three U.S. Capitol Police officers at the lower west terrace of the Capitol. After the fire extinguisher was thrown, it hit one officer in the head, according to a video (pdf) reviewed by federal authorities. That officer was wearing a helmet. The fire extinguisher ricochets and hits two other officers in …

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