FACT CHECK: Was Former Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Michael Stenger Murdered?

FACT CHECK: Was Former Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Michael Stenger Murdered?

A post shared on Facebook alleges that former Senate Sergeant at-Arms Michael Stenger died in a gunshot.

Facebook/Screenshot

Facebook/Screenshot

Verdict: False

Stenger reportedly died of natural causes. It is not clear that he was actually shot.

Fact Check:

Stenger resigned his position as the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms following last year’s storming of the U.S. capitol, according to The New York Times. He passed away on June 27 at the age of 71, the outlet reported.

A Facebook post claims that he was murdered. “He was shot and killed!” reads part of the June 28 post. Yes, he was shot and killed as he crossed the street to get home. Partially of the shooting was captured by surveillance cameras from a nearby structure! The post says, ” Ask YOURSELF: Why would Michael Stenger be taken out of your life? The answer —- shouldn’t take too much effort! !” This claim, however, is false. Two anonymous sources familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Stenger’s death was the result of natural causes. According to one source, Stenger had been diagnosed with cancer and was currently ill. Fox News’ Chad Pergram likewise reported that Stenger had cancer.

Check Your Fact did not find any credible news reporting about Stenger’s murder, even though the incident was allegedly recorded on surveillance video and took place in public. (RELATED: Did Mafia Assassins Descend On Rome To Avenge Pope Francis’ Death? )

This is not the first time misinformation related to Jan. 6, 2021 has spread online. Check Your Fact disproved a claim by National Public Radio that it had published a headline about Trump supporters storming Congress before the actual event.

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