The law enforcement official who shot Ashli Babbitt, the election certification protester who tried to enter the Speaker’s Lobby of the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 riot, will speak publicly for the first time in an NBC News interview late airing late Thursday.
Babbitt, 35, was fatally shot during the Capitol Hill unrest, and until now, the U.S. Capitol Police Officer who shot her has not been publicly identified. But the officer’s identity will be revealed during the Thursday interview, according to an announcement from NBC News.
“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,” reads the NBC News press release.
“He will also discuss the recent news that Capitol Police will not discipline him following an internal review, exonerating him for use of force, as first reported by NBC News,” it continues.
TOMORROW: @LesterHoltNBC sits down in an exclusive interview with the U.S. Capitol Police officer responsible for shooting and killing Ashli Babbitt while defending the U.S. House chamber during the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack.
Tune in at 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT. pic.twitter.com/NHhG5Z8ZpA
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 25, 2021
The interview will air during NBC Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. eastern standard time and comes after an internal investigation exonerated the officer. The Department of Justice, similarly, announced back in April that they were closing their investigation into the officer who shot Babbitt.
“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” the Justice Department said in an April 14 press release on its decision. “Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”
Last week, in a statement to NBC News, an attorney for the officer said he showed bravery in “organizing and coordinating the defense of the House and its members and staff was nothing short of heroic.”
“The Lieutenant’s conduct saved lives and helped to end the violent insurrection,” said the attorney.