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FBI: Mechanicsburg man fought with police during Capitol riot
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FBI: Mechanicsburg man fought with police during Capitol riot

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Barton Shively

Barton Shively of Mechanicsburg is pictured in this screenshot on the left in the tan jacket and Marine Corps hat at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

What weve seen today has long been the fear of our nations top security officials: President Trumps supporters storming the barricades and entering the nations Capitol. Just hours before, President Trump encouraged people to go there, after making more unproven claims of election fraud."All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen today by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what theyre doing," President Trump said.National security officials warned yesterday that they were seeing chatter of a planned breach at the Capitol. Given that concern -- and that warning -- its unclear why security was unable to stop demonstrators, and Capitol Police didnt get back to us.Violence has been in the backdrop, with multiple arrests and charges ranging from illegal firearm possession to assault. Earlier this week, the head of the far-right group Proud Boys was arrested and charged with destruction of property and possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines. Extremism experts say we could see the group get bigger:"The support of Trump, the conglomeration of various extremist groups working with groups like the Proud Boys, mean that we have a very active right-wing extremist scene that's going nowhere -- in fact, may become more enraged and grow in the years to come," says Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism.And that goes for another key group in attendance at the rally: followers of QAnon. An ex-believer tells me there's no sign of that stopping, even after a key figure of that conspiracy theory, President Trump himself, leaves the White House. 

A Mechanicsburg man faces federal charges after the FBI received a tip to his identity upon releasing photographs of those involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The U.S. Department of Justice arrested Barton Wade Shively Tuesday for offenses of civil disorder, forcible assault of a government employee, entering restricted grounds and violent entry.

Shively was first identified through a tip on Jan. 14 after the FBI released a bulletin on Jan. 11 with photographs of a number of people involved in the riot. Shively was seen in an interview with CNN and in other videos wearing a hat with the U.S. Marines logo, and the FBI confirmed Shively served in the Marines from 1985 to 1992, leaving with an honorable discharge.

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The same day as the tip, Shively contacted local law enforcement, admitting to seeing his photograph being circulated and wanting to “self-surrender” to the FBI. He agreed to a voluntary interview with FBI agents from the Harrisburg office, where he admitted to three incidents in which there were confrontations with law enforcement officers at the Capitol.

Shively said that in one instance, an officer pushed him after he confronted them, and he then grabbed the officer by the jacket and began yelling at him, having been “caught up in the moment,” he said.

In another encounter, Shively said an officer repeatedly pushed him with his baton and commanded him to move away, and Shively then punched the officer on his riot helmet.

In a third incident, Shively said he recognized an officer who confronted him earlier and attempted to kick the mace can out of the officer’s hand, as well as attempted to kick the officer, but he was maced, became blinded and retreated, according to the FBI.

The FBI said there were multiple videos of Shively engaging in physical contact with multiple D.C. Metropolitan Police officers on the Capitol grounds, where he was seen swinging his arms and kicking at officers. Shively also admitted to being interviewed at the Capitol by CNN, and he confirmed his identity when shown video footage and photographs.

Email Naomi Creason at ncreason@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @SentinelCreason

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