Capitol cop who shot Ashli Babbitt set to identify himself in new interview

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The Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will step forward Thursday after the government previously declined to identify him. The officer will speak with NBC News journalist Lester Holt to give his side of the story, according to a press release. “Speaking out and revealing his identity publicly for the first time, the officer will share his perspective on the events of that day, including the aftermath of the deadly insurrection and the threats he has received,” NBC said. Babbitt was fatally shot as she tried to climb through a busted-out window into the House of Representatives Speaker’s Lobby while a wild mob disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. Former President Donald Trump said in a recent statement that Babbitt, a 36-year-old Air Force veteran, was “murdered” by the Capitol Police officer and that “we know who he is.” Babbitt was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and traveled from California to DC to attend a large pro-Trump demonstration immediately before the riot. She was the only person shot during hours of mayhem on Jan. 6 and was unarmed.

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