A retired Pennsylvania firefighter allegedly caught on camera tossing a fire extinguisher at Capitol police officers during last week’s riot was arrested Thursday, authorities said.
Robert Sanford, of Chester, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody on four charges including assault of a police officer after investigators say they identified him as the man seen throwing a fire extinguisher on the west side of the US Capitol as pro-Trump rioters stormed past police.
The throng of violent demonstrators were “insurrectionists,” an FBI special agent wrote in a statement of facts obtained by The Post.
Video released Monday showed one rioter heaving a fire extinguisher at a group of officers, hitting at least on the helmet.
The fire extinguisher had actually struck three officers in the head, including one who was not wearing a helmet, authorities said.
One of the helmeted officers hit by the extinguisher, William Young, was later evaluated at a hospital before being “cleared to return to duty,” charging