Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer was arrested on Sunday (January 17th) after turning himself into authorities for his role in January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol building. According to the FBI, the veteran metal musician faces six charges.
Local Indianapolis CW-affiliated television station WISH-TV reported that the FBI confirmed Schaffer turned himself in at roughly 3 p.m. on Sunday. The arrest came 11 days after the veteran metal musician was photographed at the head of a mob that entered the Capitol. The picture of him screaming and pointing while wearing an Oath Keepers hat ended up as the lead image on a number of major news articles.
Schaffer was sought by both the Washington, D.C., police and the FBI for unlawful entry. However, a statement released by the FBI’s Indianapolis field office reveals that Schaffer faces six charges, including the very serious count of “engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building.” The full statement reads:
“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”
Schaffer was photographed among the hundreds of people who broke into the Capitol building in an effort to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. The riot took place shortly after Donald Trump held a rally nearby and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, at one point saying, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
His bandmates in Iced Earth released a statement condemning the violence at the U.S. Capitol, without mentioning Schaffer by name. “We absolutely DO NOT condone nor do we support riots or the acts of violence that the rioters were involved in on January 6th at the US Capitol building,” wrote the other four members of Iced Earth.
See the tweet by the FBI Indianapolis bureau below.
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Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with “bear spray.”
— FBI Indianapolis (@FBIIndianapolis) January 18, 2021