Woman shot at US Capitol was from San Diego
More than 50 Capitol and Washington police officers were injured and several Capitol Police officers were hospitalized with serious injuries
WASHINGTON (KGO/AP) — The woman who was shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building was identified as Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego.
Babbitt was shot by U.S. Capitol Police earlier Wednesday as a mob of Trump supporters tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and later died. Family members say Babbitt was a veteran who served 14 years in the Air Force.
The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the violent mob that stormed the building wielded metal pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons against law enforcement.
Steven Sund issued a statement Thursday saying the rioting protesters “actively attacked” police officers and “were determined to enter into the Capitol building by causing great damage.”
A Capitol Police officer shot and killed one person, who Sund identified as Ashli Babbitt. Sund did not identify the officer but said they would be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Sund defended his agency’s response from criticism that officers did not stop the incursion. He says his agency “had a robust plan” for what he anticipated would be peaceful protests, but what occurred Wednesday was “criminal riotous behavior.”
He said more than 50 Capitol and Washington police officers were injured and several Capitol Police officers were hospitalized with serious injuries.
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