THE US Capitol Police officer who shot dead Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 riots has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, the Department of Justice ruled on Wednesday.
Officials determined there was “insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution” against the officer who shot Babbitt, 35, as she attempted to breach a set of barricaded doors inside the Capitol during the siege.
Ashley Babbitt was one of five people to die during the January 6 siege[/caption]
Babbitt was shot dead as she attempted to breach a set of barricaded doors inside the Capitol[/caption]
According to the DOJ, the determination followed a “through investigation” that included extensive examination of video footage, eyewitness statements and physical evidence surrounding the shooting.
Ultimiately, authorities determined there was insufficient evidence to prove Babbitt’s civil rights had been violated, and that it was reasonable for the officer to believe he was firing his gun in self-defense, or in defense of members of Congress who were fleeing the house Chamber at the time.
The investigation into the shooting has now been closed.
Prosecutors did not name the officer involved.
Babbitt was one of five people who died during the January 6 insurrection, as a thousand-strong mob of Donald Trump supporters sought to overturn the outcome of the November election, while Congress was meeting to certify the votes.
The Air Force Veteran and Q-Anon supporter was part of a crowd that gained access to a hallway outside of the Speaker’s Lobby, which leads to the House Chamber.
Babbitt was shot in the shoulder and later died[/caption]
Video footage showed the moment Babbitt attempted to climb through a broken glass window of a door to the lobby, which had been barricaded with furniture from the otherside.
As Babbit, draped in a Trump 2020 flag, attempts to climb up through the opening, as single gun shot is heard, and the 35-year-old is seen falling down to the ground on her back.
Babbitt was shot in the shoulder. She was carried out from the Capitol and taken to Washington Hospital Center, where she died shortly after arriving.
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