The Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will step forward Thursday after the government previously declined to identify him.
The officer will speak with NBC News journalist Lester Holt to give his side of the story, according to a press release.
“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,” NBC said.
Babbitt was fatally shot as she tried to climb through a busted-out window into the House of Representatives Speaker’s Lobby while a wild mob disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
Former President Donald Trump said in a recent statement that Babbitt, a 36-year-old Air Force veteran, was “murdered” by the Capitol Police officer and that “we know who he is.”
Babbitt was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and traveled from California to DC to attend a large pro-Trump demonstration immediately before the riot.
She was the only person shot during hours of mayhem on Jan. 6 and was unarmed.
Internal investigations of the officer’s decision to shoot Babbitt concluded that he should not face criminal charges.
Authorities denied requests for the officer’s identity to be disclosed, even though officers involved in many high-profile shootings are identified. The Capitol Police publicly denied that one officer was the gunman after his name circulated online.
Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts recently called her death an “ambush” and says the family is preparing to file a $10 million lawsuit against the Capitol Police and the officer who pulled the trigger.
Three other Trump supporters died of medical emergencies during the riot.
One Capitol Police officer, 42-year-old Brian Sicknick, himself a Trump supporter, died of a stroke in the days following, and several police officers and at least one alleged rioter died by suicide in recent months.