Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has been arrested after turning himself in to authorities earlier today in Indianapolis.
The January 6th riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC was heavily photographed, with one viral image circulating online just hours after the incident took place. Many fans quickly pointed out the man seen in the image resembled the Iced Earth guitarist. Shortly after, the FBI released 40 photos on a poster seeking information about ‘persons of interest’. Schaffer’s photo was subsequently included on that flyer.
The FBI released the following statement: “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’s Iced Earth bandmates condemned the riots in a statement last week: “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,” they wrote. “We hope that all those involved that day are brought to justice to be investigated and answer for their actions.”