Military Veteran Charged With Stabbing Officer In The Face With Flagpole During Jan. 6 Insurrection

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Retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier Jeffrey McKellop is facing multiple charges in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, including for allegedly stabbing a police officer in the face with a flagpole.

NBC4’s Scott MacFarlane reported via Twitter:

The Daily Beast previously reported in March:

Jeffrey McKellop, from Virginia, has been charged with several crimes, including assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a deadly weapon, and violent entry. Prosecutors allege that during the Jan. 6 siege, McKellop can be seen fighting with a line of D.C. Metropolitan Police officers trying to stop the mob from entering the Capitol, before throwing bottles and flagpoles, and trying to grab at their riot spray.

McKellop is seen picking up “a flagpole from the ground” and “shov[ing] it into the face” of an D.C. cop before throwing the flagpole at another cop, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday. The flagpole 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 to MPD Officer 4’s face,” the complaint notes, adding that he allegedly injured at least three more officers.

Image credit: U.S. Department of Justice

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