WATCH – Capitol police officer who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt dead cries as he says killing her was ‘a last resort’: Lt Michael Byrd claims he ‘saved countless lives’ during Jan 6th violence in interview with NBC’s Lester Holt

The Capitol police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 Capitol riot has claimed his actions showed ‘utmost courage’ and that he ‘saved countless lives.’ Speaking hours after he was publicly identified for the first time, Lt Michael Byrd went on the defensive during an interview with NBC News star Lester Holt Thursday. Explaining his decision to finally come forward, Byrd said: ‘I showed the utmost courage on January 6, and it’s time for me to do that now.’ Referring to the 60 to 80 members of Congress trapped by the riot, he added : ‘I know that day I saved countless lives. ‘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,’ Lt. Byrd said. Byrd said he had no idea if the person he shot was carrying a weapon. It was only later that night that he found out the rioter was a woman who was unarmed.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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