A retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier faces charges after allegedly attacking several police officers, including one with a flagpole, during the Capitol Riots.
Jeffrey McKellop, of Virginia, has been charged with several felonies, including assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers with a lethal weapon and violent entry. Prosecutors allege that during the Jan.6 siege, McKellop can be seen fighting with a line of DC Metropolitan Police officers trying to keep crowds out of the Capitol, before throwing bottles and masts , and try to catch their riot spray.
McKellop is seen picking up “a flagpole from the ground” and “shov[ing] he in the face “of a DC cop before throwing the mast at another cop, according to an unsealed criminal complaint Thursday. The flag pole had a “Blue Line National” flag and a thirteen star “Betsy Ross” flag embossed with the words “Trump.” Keep America Great ”on it.
“McKellop’s actions caused a laceration in the face of the MPD 4 officer,” the complaint notes, adding that he allegedly injured at least three other officers.
Prosecutors say they were first alerted to McKellop’s identity after several tipsters identified him on an FBI website seeking public advice. One such witness, who had known McKellop for at least six years, “described him as a retired US Army Special Forces soldier and military contractor who at times works overseas and resides in Fishersville, Va., near Staunton, Va. . “
Another person said he served with McKellop from 2001 to 2016 and noted that he “was a military contractor” who had been overseas as recently as 2018. The same witness also identified the contents of a “kit” McKellop can be seen wearing in photos and videos, which included a helmet, gas mask and ballistic vest.
The complaint states that the “kit” contained the same equipment that the first witness saw McKellop “wearing in a combat zone overseas in 2018”. In one video, a patch that is a symbol of the US Army Special Forces can be seen on McKellop’s backpack.
Prosecutors say McKellop was one of the die-hard MAGA group that initially trespassed on the Capitol building. Wearing a helmet and gas mask, he is seen in body camera footage of a policeman “using his hands to fend off officers” as the crowd tries to get closer to the building.
In another video he saw “trying to catch the riot bomb from [an] MPD officer in lieutenant’s uniform. After pushing a cop, he backs up briefly, before picking up a bottle and throwing it at the cop line, the complaint reads.
When he crossed a line of officers to reach the bottom of the Capitol scaffolding, McKellop is seen fighting again. After an officer takes up a position under the scaffolding with riot spray, McKellop “throws the flag pole, much like throwing a spear,” the complaint reads.
McKellop is among dozens of rioters accused of attacking cops trying to protect the Capitol on January 6. On Thursday, the FBI released a series of videos asking the public for help in identifying 10 individuals suspected of committing the most violent acts during the siege. In the videos, rioters can be seen shoving, denigrating and attacking police trying to stop crowds from storming the Capitol with batons and chemical sprays.
Prosecutors also indicted on Thursday Stephanie and Brandon Miller, an Ohio couple accused of storming the Capitol and documenting it on social media. According to a criminal complaint, the Millers reported their trip to Washington on Jan. 5, with a Facebook post on Brandon Miller’s page saying, “How much longer, ‘We the people,’ are we going to let 535 people tell 330 MILLION people what to do? ??? They work FOR US !! We pay them. “
Later that day, Brandon Miller told a friend via a Facebook message that he and Stephanie “were going to witness history” in Washington.
On the day of the riot, Brandon Miller’s Facebook page showed the couple stayed at a hotel in Washington before storming the Capitol. In a post after the riots he wrote on his page: “Don’t believe what the news [sic] you say and listen now and it’s so skewed. I was there in DC. There is no way the biden will win. “
The complaint states that Stephanie Miller commented on this article, adding that the couple were inside the Capitol and saw a 25-year-old girl “shoot in the chest or in the neck, not knowing which exactly, and d ‘after what we saw, she didn’t. She was shot by a cop, that’s what we heard.
In a conversation with another Facebook friend on January 7, Brandon Miller again confirmed that he stormed the Capitol in a siege that left five people dead. When asked if he was in any trouble, Brandon replied, “No not yet anyway lol I’m home now I’m bandaged up on Facebook to go live while I was there.” “Down there, we just walked down the main hall.”
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