The FBI this week arrested a former bureau supervisor in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, alleging he called for killing officers protecting the building that day.
Jared L. Wise, who previously worked as a special agent and a supervisory special agent at the FBI from 2004 until 2017, was arrested in Oregon on Monday, court records show.
He was charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly conduct in a restricted building; disorderly conduct with an intent to impede an orderly session of Congress; and unlawfully parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
The FBI said security video showed Wise entered the Capitol through the Senate wing door and that cellphone data confirmed his presence. He later exited out a window, it said. Court documents allege that Wise shouted at officers on the upper west terrace of the Capitol at around 4:21 p.m., when violence against police officers was happening in front of him.
“I’m former—I’m former law enforcement. You’re disgusting. You are the Nazi. You are the Gestapo. You can’t see it. … Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!” Wise yelled, according to the FBI affidavit. “Yeah, f— them! Yeah, kill ’em! Kill ’em! Kill ’em! Kill ’em!”
The FBI said an initial tip about Wise‘s involvement came from someone he had told about entering the building.
The arrest of Wise is the latest in a series of arrests by federal authorities of those connected to the Capitol riot, including multiple current and former law enforcement officers.
The FBI also arrested Daniel Ball, a Florida man charged with setting off an explosive device inside a tunnel where some of the most violent scenes took place during the Capitol attack.
Reached for comment on Wise‘s arrest, an FBI spokesperson said, “We refer you to the public court documents on the case and don’t have any additional comment.”
The FBI has arrested at least 1,000 people in connection with the riot, and a top FBI official warned shortly after the attack that many within the bureau were “sympathetic” to the mob.
Wise‘s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The FBI did not confirm Wise‘s current employment status, but the arrest sends a strong message that law enforcement will not tolerate any form of violence or disruption to the democratic process. It remains to be seen how many more arrests will follow in connection to the Capitol riot.