Apr 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot won't face charges

A woman hugs a man while standing in front of the Capitol building
Gary Phaneuf, Tony Naples and Melody Black visit a memorialon Jan. 7 near the Capitol Building for Ashli Babbitt. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 as she joined a pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol will not face criminal charges, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Driving the news: In their investigation, federal prosecutors determined that there was "insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution."

Details: Babbitt was shot in the left shoulder by an officer after she tried to climb through a broken window on a door into the Speaker's Lobby — located just off the House chamber floor.

  • A USCP response team administered aid to Babbit before she was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she died from her injuries.
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