A US Marine stationed in Virginia has been charged with assaulting a police officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — believed to be first known active military member to face prosecution for the uprising.
Christopher Warnagiris, a 40-year-old major stationed at Quantico, was arrested Thursday on charges including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
Warnagiris allegedly stormed the Capitol building with throngs of other former President Trump supporters after pushing through a line of police officers who were guarding a set of doors to the rotunda, according to prosecutors.
Once inside, he stood near one of the doors and used his body to prop it open and pull fellow rioters inside, according to the feds.
A Capitol Police officer tried to shut the door in the midst of the melee, and Warnagiris was captured on video shoving him, DOJ alleged.
Warnagiris is believed to be the first active duty military member charged in connection to the riot, CBS News reported.
Five people — including a Capitol Police officer — died during or soon after the riot on Jan. 6, when masses of Trump supporters stormed Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Federal prosecutors have arrested some 440 people since the riot, according to the DOJ.