The officer who opened fire on the pro-Trump protestor, Ashley Babbitt, during the January 6th Capitol Hill riot has now come forward to reveal his true identity.
Lt. Michael Byrd gave an interview to NBC News on Thursday night in which he revealed that he was the officer who fatally shot Ashley Babbitt and went on to defend his actions, claiming that his actions saved ‘countless lives.’
As People reports:
The police lieutenant who fatally shot a rioter during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol spoke out for the first time during a televised interview with NBC News, several days after he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Michael Byrd fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from California who embraced QAnon conspiracy theories and then-President Donald Trump‘s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
“I followed my training. I spent countless years preparing for such a moment. You ultimately hope that moment never occurs, but you prepare the best you can. I know that day I saved countless lives,” said Byrd, a 28-year veteran of the Capitol Police, during Thursday night’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
NOW: Join us on @NBCNightlyNews for @LesterHoltNBC's exclusive interview with Lieutenant Michael Byrd — the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt while defending the U.S. House chamber during the Capitol attack. pic.twitter.com/mgub2ZcYdQ
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 26, 2021
“I know members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and staff, were in jeopardy and in serious danger. And that’s my job,” Byrd said.
Was Byrd merely doing his job? Or is he merely a cold-blooded murderer making excuses for his crimes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.