Fla. FF-medic under investigation for alleged part in Capitol siege

The firefighter-paramedic was reportedly seen in a photograph outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the riot


Madeleine Marr
The Miami Herald

SANFORD, Fla. — Another Trump supporter who was photographed attacking the U.S. Capitol in Washington Wednesday has been identified, WESH news first reported.

He's a Central Florida firefighter and paramedic named Andrew Williams with the Sanford Fire Department.

The agency posted on social media that the employee had been put on paid administrative leave until an investigation is complete.

"The City of Sanford is aware of the situation involving Sanford Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Williams. At this time, we are following the investigative process. The administrative investigation will look into all aspects of the nature of the photograph and will address any City policy and/or law violations that could possibly arise throughout the investigation."

In pictures splattered all over social media, Williams can be seen inside the federal building wearing a red shirt, dark Trump hat with his mask pulled down below his mouth. He calmly points up to a placard that reads Speaker of the House Nancy's Pelosi's name above an office door.

Williams has been with the Sanford Fire Department since 2016, according to Public Information Officer Bianca Gillett.

Another Florida man widely seen smiling while taking a lectern from the U.S. House was identified. An acquaintance confirmed his identity to Miami Herald sister newspaper The Bradenton Herald as Parrish resident Adam Christian Johnson, 36, from Manatee County.

Five people involved in the riot, including a police officer hit with a fire extinguisher, have since died.

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