Capitol Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Woman During Wednesday’s Breach

Capitol Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Woman During Wednesday’s Breach

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Capitol Police fatally shot a Trump supporter who was part of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports and video footage, 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, a California native and a 14-year Air Force veteran, was shot by a senior U.S. Capitol Police officer inside the breached building after it appears she tried to climb through the broken glass on a door. She was unarmed at the time, reports NPR.

Videos of the shooting began circulating on social media shortly after the event, with some originally reporting Babbitt was shot in the neck.

Shortly after she was shot, footage shows paramedics attending to the woman and taking her away on a stretcher. Many journalists and outlets also began reporting that she was in critical condition after being shot in the chest. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. As of Wednesday evening, the family still was not officially notified of her death.

Just one day before her death, Babbitt posted on Twitter numerous times in anticipation of the protest, which turned into a riot.

“Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!” she wrote on Tuesday.

Three other people reportedly died during Wednesday’s chaos as a result of unspecified “medical emergencies.” D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III confirmed this later in the night.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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