Veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, was an avid supporter of Trump, her household stated.
January 8, 2021, 11:00 AM
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Babbitt’s grandfather, Tony Mazziott, instructed “Good Morning America” in an emotional interview that she grew to become an avid supporter of Trump when his bid to turn into president started.
“Ever since he was running for election, back in 2015, she’s been bananas over Trump,” he stated. “She thinks he’s the final coming of the Lord, I guess.”
Babbitt was shot by a Capitol police officer “as protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place,” legislation enforcement stated.
Videos confirmed Babbitt, on the entrance of a crowd of individuals, seem to attempt to climb up and squeeze via the damaged window beside a door body, as different rioters try to interrupt the glass of a barricaded door, and people round her yell, “He’s got a gun,” earlier than being shot and collapsing to the bottom.
“As per the USCP’s policy, the USCP employee has been placed on administrative leave and their police powers have been suspended pending the outcome of a joint Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and USCP investigation,” the U.S. Capitol Police statement read.
Mazziott described his only granddaughter as an “wonderful patriot” and a “loving particular person.” She also frequented Trump’s rallies, he said.
“She served time within the army and she or he’s captivated with all the things, significantly Donald Trump for some purpose,” he said.
Babbitt served a total of 12 years in the Air Force, Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard as a security forces controller and had the enlisted rank of senior airman. Security force controllers are responsible for providing security at Air Force bases, according to military records.
She served in the active duty Air Force from 2004 to 2008, in the reserves from 2008 to 2010 and the National Guard from 2010 to 2016. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2005, Iraq in 2006 and the United Arab Emirates in 2012 and 2014.
A Twitter account under Babbitt’s name identified her as a veteran and supporter of the Second Amendment, The Associated Press reported. Comments by the president and his supporters about Wednesday’s gathering were retweeted on the account.
Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbitt, told San Diego Fox affiliate KSWB that she flew from her dwelling in San Diego to Washington,