By Duncan Smith
She shouldn’t have been there but…
The U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., has confirmed to CBS News that he’s opened an excessive force investigation into the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt, the 14-year Air Force veteran who was among hundreds of President Trump’s supporters storming the Capitol Building last week.
Babbitt was shot by an armed agent or officer in a suit as she appeared to try and breach a door leading into a sensitive area of the Capitol just off of the House chamber.
“#CapitolRiots NEW: US Attorney Michael Sherwin confirms @CBSNews his office has opened a formal, federal excessive force investigation related to the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt who was shot by US Capitol Police Wednesday within the Capitol building. Sherwin has assigned his civil rights section to be the lead prosecutors for the case which is being investigation by both FBI and DC Police @DCPoliceDept. The same US Attorney's Office has also opened a homicide investigation into the death of Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” investigative reporter Catherine Herridge reported via Twitter.
his civil rights section to be the lead prosecutors for the case which is being investigation by both FBI and DC Police @DCPoliceDept
The same US Attorney's Office has also opened a homicide investigation into the death of Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) January 9, 2022
In an interview with CBS affiliate WKRG, 28-year-old Thomas Baranyi, who stormed the Capitol Building as well and was close to Babbitt when she was shot, gave an account of what happened.
'We had stormed into the chambers inside and there was a young lady who rushed to the windows,' Baranyi said 'A number of police and Secret Service were saying 'get back, get down, get out of the way.' She didn't heed the call.'
He said he tried to pull her back when she before fatally shot.
'And as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck, and she fell back on me and started to say she was fine. It's cool. And then she started moving weird and blood was coming out of her mouth and neck and nose,' Baranyi said.
'Just make sure people know, because this cannot stand anymore. This is wrong. They don't represent anyone. Not Republican, Democrat, Independent, nobody. And now they'll just, they'll kill people,' Baranyi added.
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