Who was Jeffrey McKellop?
Jeffrey McKellop is a former Army Special Forces soldier who was reportedly arrested in connection with stemming from the Capitol riot, throwing a flagpole at a police officer like a spear, and assaulted three other officers, according to the FBI and court documents.
McKellop was arrested Wednesday, is among more than 30 veterans charged but appears to be the first so far who served in Special Operations.
How old is Jeffrey McKellop?
Jeffrey McKellop is 55 years old as of the year 2021.
Jeffrey McKellop Green Beret
Mr. Jeffrey McKellopr served two enlistments for a total of 22 years. His second enlistment, from 1993 to 2010, included time as a mechanic and a Special Forces communications sergeant. The role includes overseeing radios and other communications vital to small team Green Beret missions.
He was recorded on several body cameras worn by officers, the FBI alleged, during the violent melee inside and outside the Capitol in an attempt to interrupt the certification of President Biden’s election.
Jeffrey McKellop Footage
Clad in a helmet and tactical body armor, and wearing his own gas mask, McKellop was filmed pushing an officer, throwing a bottle at police and trying to wrestle away a can of riot-control spray from another officer, the FBI said.
In one moment, McKellop picked a flag off the ground and thrust it in the face of a D.C. police officer, then heaved the flagpole at the officer “similar in fashion to throwing a spear,” the FBI said. The officer suffered lacerations near his eye, investigators said.
At one point, McKellop held a “thin blue line” flag popular with police and law enforcement advocates, the agency said.
An associate of McKellop who did not attend the rally or the riot may be charged as a conspirator, according to a person familiar with the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity to frankly discuss the matter. It is unclear what level of participation the associate had, the person said.
A witness who knows McKellop told investigators he was a military contractor who was in an “overseas combat zone” as late as 2018.
Jeffrey McKellop Arrested
Although McKellop had a gas mask on for some portion of his movement on the Capitol grounds, photographs of him unmasked.
UPDATE: The Special Forces soldier charged with assaulting four officers at the Capitol on Jan. 6 “has deployed overseas as recently as 2018 as a contractor working for the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of State,” prosecutors say.https://t.co/ugH4vxiYH1 pic.twitter.com/tN0WoPMBQB
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 19, 2021