U.S. Navy Maj. Christopher Warnagiris (R) interacts with a French naval officer during the embarkation of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the French amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre (L9014).
Photo: Sgt. Jessica Lucio | DVIDS
An active U.S. Navy officer was arrested and charged with violence against the police by a group of supporters of then-President Donald Trump during the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
Major Christopher Warnagiris, 40, is accused of pushing past a line of police guarding the Capitol and pushing through a door in the Capitol’s east rotunda.
Warnagiris, a Woodbridge, Virginia resident, is charged in federal court with assaulting, resisting, or obstructing certain officials.
He will appear in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday afternoon.
Court documents say that Warnagiris, after forcibly entering the Capitol, positioned himself in the corner of the door and propped his body up on the door and pulled other rioters inside.
Video surveillance footage shows Warnagiris bumping into a police officer trying to close the door.
The Pentagon had no immediate comment on the arrest.
In 2017, according to a news article, Warnagiris acted as the head of operations for a landing force of US Marines and Navy sailors who were stationed during a two-month deployment in the area of operations of the 5th US Fleet on the amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnere of the French Navy on the Marines- Website.
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– CNBCs Amanda Macias contributed to this report.
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