Former FBI special agent Jared Wise faces charges related to Capitol riot

WASHINGTON – A former FBI supervisory special agent was charged with entering the Capitol unlawfully and cheering violence against police protecting the building during the riot Jan. 6, 2021, according to court records.

Jared Wise, 50, of Bend, Oregon, was videotaped allegedly entering the Capitol among the first of the rioters at about 2:23 p.m. through a Senate wing door and exiting through a window next to the door about 2:32 p.m., according to court records. He later allegedly encouraged rioters attacking police officers to “kill ‘em,” according to court records.

At least 20 current or former police officers were charged in the Capitol attack. The longest sentence so far was given to a former New York police officer who attacked officers outside the building.

Still images from Metropolitan Police Department body camera footage of Jared Wise (left) on the Upper West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol building engaging police officers on Jan. 6, 2021.  The image was submitted as part of an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Jessica Stone on April 12, 2023.
Still images from Metropolitan Police Department body camera footage of Jared Wise (left) on the Upper West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol building engaging police officers on Jan. 6, 2021. The image was submitted as part of an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Jessica Stone on April 12, 2023.

Wise, who was an FBI supervisory agent from 2004 to 2017, allegedly entered the Capitol soon after rioters breached the building about 2:13 p.m. The House and Senate, where lawmakers were counting Electoral College votes to certify the results of the 2020 election, were evacuated about 2:20 p.m., according to investigators.

After entering the building, Wise “clapped his hands and raised his arms in triumph,” according to FBI Special Agent Jessica Stone, who investigated the case. Wise walked through the crypt, an area of the building below the Rotunda, and past the Memorial Door in the middle of the building before leaving, Stone said.

Later, outside the building on the Upper West Terrace, Wise allegedly criticized Metro Police Department officers at 4:21 p.m., according to court records.

Violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

“You guys are disgusting. I’m former—I’m former law enforcement. You’re disgusting. You are the Nazi. You are the Gestapo,” Wise allegedly told officers. “Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!”

When officers were knocked to the ground in front of him, Wise shouted expletive.

“Yeah, kill ‘em!” Wise allegedly said. A few seconds later, he shouted in the direction of the rioters attacking the police line, “Kill ‘em! Kill ‘em! Kill ‘em!”

Still image from U.S. Capitol CCTV footage of Jared Wise inside the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.  The image was submitted as part of an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Jessica Stone on April 12, 2023.
Still image from U.S. Capitol CCTV footage of Jared Wise inside the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. The image was submitted as part of an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Jessica Stone on April 12, 2023.

Wise has not made a plea yet. He made his initial court appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Oregon and was released pending trial. His case is being moved to federal court in Washington, D.C., where he has an appearance scheduled May 9.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Former FBI agent Jared Wise faces charges related to Capitol riot