Officer who shot and killed woman during Capitol riots will not be charged

by Peter Heck · Apr 15th, 2021 8:57 am
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Last Updated Apr 16th, 2021 at 2:15 pm

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a press release Wednesday that it would not be bringing any charges against the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed a rioter on January 6, during the Capitol Hill riot.

The rioter, Ashli Babbitt, was a military veteran and staunch Trump supporter who was shot in the left shoulder while attempting to breach the Speaker's Lobby by climbing through busted glass doors.

"As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out," the statement read. "An officer inside the Speaker's Lobby fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor."

After a "thorough" investigation, it was determined that the officer who fired the deadly shot broke no federal law and thus would not be charged. Since the U.S. Capitol is within the District of Columbia and not any state, no state criminal laws apply.

"The investigation revealed no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242," the official findings said. "Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber."


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