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 were unable to prove that the officer was not acting in self-defense or acting to defend members of Congress.
- The officer who fired the shot that killed Babbit was placed on administrative leave within days of the Capitol attack, Capitol police chief Steven Sund said.
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 transported her to Washington Hospital Center, where she died from her injuries.