Ashli Babbit, 36, an Air Force veteran, decided she was going to attend the January 6 Capitol riot while vacationing with her husband Aaron in Cabo over Christmas 2020.
While at the riot, she and a group of others attempted to breach the Speaker’s Lobby in the Capitol. Two men hoisted her up through a hole in the door and she was shot dead by Michael Byrd, a plainclothes officer who had been a part of the Capitol Police for 28 years and who was barricaded inside the Speaker’s Lobby with members of Congress.
‘Once we barricaded the doors, we were essentially trapped where we were,’ Byrd told NBC News. ‘There was no way to retreat. No other way to get out.
‘If they get through that door, they’re into the House chamber and upon the members of Congress.’
Byrd had reportedly yelled several times for the rioters to retreat, but they didn’t. And as Babbitt tried to scramble through the hole in the door, Trump flag cape around her neck, Byrd made the decision to fire a single shot,…