Ashli Babbitt’s husband is demanding authorities name the police officer who shot his wife dead during the US Capitol riot – amid claims it is the same cop who previously left his handgun in a public men’s room.
Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night, Aaron Babbitt said he still hasn’t been told which officer was responsible for fatally shooting his 35-year-old wife on January 6.
The Metropolitan Police Department has so far refused to name the officer involved and the Department of Justice announced in April they would not be pursuing charges against the officer following an investigation.
‘Somebody in DC knows, I think a lot of people know, but nobody is telling us. And the silence is deafening,’ Babbitt, who lives in San Diego, California, said.
‘I never expected to lose my wife to political violence.’
His attorney Terrell Roberts said he believes the officer responsible for Ashli’s death is the same one who made headlines for leaving his loaded gun in a public restroom inside the Capitol in February 2019.
Aaron Babbitt told Tucker Carlson on Monday that he still hasn’t been told the identity of the officer who shot dead his wife Ashli during the Capitol riots
Babbitt is now suing the Metropolitan Police Department for refusing to name the officer involved in his wife Ashli’s shooting death
During that incident, the officer left his Glock-22, which has no manual safety to prevent accidental firing, inside a bathroom in the Capitol Visitor Center complex after the House had adjourned for the day.
The weapon was later discovered by another officer during a routine security sweep.
The officer was placed under review but ultimately allowed to keep his job. It wasn’t immediately clear what disciplinary action, if any, the officer faced as a result.
At the time, a department spokeswoman said: ‘The Department takes these matters very seriously, and has a very thorough process to investigate and review incidents such as these, and holds personnel accountable for their actions.’
Carlson asked Babbitt’s attorney if he thought that was reason police were hiding the identity of the officer given he was allowed to keep his job after that incident.
‘I don’t know but I think one of the reasons they are hiding his identity they don’t have a good reason for this shooting,’ Babbitt’s attorney said.
‘I think if Ashli Babbitt had been brandishing a firearm and she was shot the officer would be identified by now and pinning a medal on him.
‘So I don’t think we have an explanation for the shooting and that’s why they have not identified him.’
Babbitt, who is now suing the Metropolitan Police Department for refusing to identify the officer, said the characterization of his wife following her death sickened him.
‘There has never been a person Ashli ran across in her daily life that didn’t love her and wouldn’t remember her in some way, shape or form for the rest of her life,’ he said.
‘But this is the game. This is the social media craziness that people just run with a theory and just take off with it. You know, it is up to us and the ones that love her and people like you for not giving up on it. So I appreciate that, Tucker.’
Babbitt’s attorney Terrell Roberts (right) told Tucker Carlson he believes the officer responsible for Ashli’s death is the same one who made headlines for leaving his loaded gun in a public restroom inside the Capitol in 2019
Video footage from the riots showed Babbitt (top right) trying to enter the Speaker’s Lobby through the broken door before she was shot by an officer whose name has not been disclosed
Babbitt’s family filed the civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia earlier this month.
In addition to the name of the officer, they are seeking all video footage of the shooting, as well as witness statements and documents gathered during the internal investigation.
According to the lawsuit, Babbitt’s husband had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Ashli Babbitt’s family have filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia earlier this month against the Metropolitan Police Department
The suit claims that the department failed to comply with the request and missed the May 12 deadline to provide him with the records or notify him that he would not be given access to them.
The civil lawsuit is separate from a $10million wrongful death lawsuit Babbitt’s family have previously said they are planning to file against the police department.
Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was among a large mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Prosecutors had argued that Babbitt was part of the mob that was trying to get into the House as officers were evacuating members of Congress from the chamber.
Footage posted online showed Babbitt, who wearing a stars and stripes backpack, trying to climb through the broken glass window of a door into an area of the Capitol known as the Speaker’s Lobby.
The officers had used furniture to try to barricade the doors separating the hallway from the Speaker’s Lobby to try to stave off the rioters, who kept trying to break through those doors, smashing the glass with flagpoles, helmets and other objects, the department said.
Officials said one of the officers inside the lobby fired one round from his service pistol, which struck Ashli in her left shoulder and caused her to fall backwards onto the floor.
Ashli was shot in the shoulder and treated on the scene before being rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead
Babbitt, who is now suing the Metropolitan Police Department for refusing to identify the officer, said the characterization of his wife following her death sickened him
She was treated at the scene by first responders before being taken to Washington Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead.
Federal prosecutors decided in April not to bring charges against the officer who fired the fatal shot due to a lack of evidence.
Prosecutors said they had reviewed video of the shooting, along with statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses, examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results.
‘Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,’ the department said in a statement at the time.
Babbitt’s family, however, have previously said they believe she was murdered.
‘In the eyes of her family? Of course she was,’ the family’s attorney told WUSA last month.
‘I mean, there was just no legal justification to take her life.
‘She could have easily been stopped by the officer who shot her or numerous other officers who were around and been arrested, if that’s what they wanted to do. There was no need to shoot her.
‘Any rookie police officer with a set of handcuffs could have taken her into custody. She’s an Air Force veteran. She was actually a military police officer herself. I am sure that she would have complied.’