Officer Who Shot and Killed Ashli Babbitt Gives on Camera Interview With MSNBC, Claims He Saved 'Countless Lives' (VIDEO)


The Capitol police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on January 6 has broken his silence in an on-camera interview with MSNBC.

Lt. Michael Byrd says that he saved “countless lives” by killing Babbitt, a veteran, who was unarmed.

Byrd’s identity had been floating around right-wing media for months, but had never been confirmed by authorities. He claims that he has been subjected to threats as a result of his name being released.

“Once we barricaded the doors, we were essentially trapped where we were,” Byrd said in the interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt. “There was no way to retreat. No other way to get out.”

“If they get through that door, they’re into the House chamber and upon the members of Congress,” added Byrd.

Byrd says that he had repeatedly shouted at the protesters to get back and away from the door before firing the shot that killed Babbitt.

During the segment, MSNBC made sure to point out that the Air Force veteran was a believer in QAnon.

“I know that day I saved countless lives,” Byrd said. “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 claimed that the shooting was a “last resort” and that he had been hearing reports of shots fired over his police radio, though those reports were ultimately determined to have been false.

“I tried to wait as long as I could,” he told Holt. “I hoped and prayed no one tried to enter through those doors. But their failure to comply required me to take the appropriate action to save the lives of members of Congress and myself and my fellow officers.”

Byrd said that it sounded like there were “hundreds” of protesters beyond the doors and that he was unaware that there were officers standing behind Babbitt.

“At that point is when I realized they’re here,” Byrd said, referring to the rioters. “The chants got louder. I couldn’t make out what they were saying, but it sounded like hundreds of people outside of that door.”

“It was impossible for me to see what was on the other side,” he said.

Byrd also claims that he could not see that Babbitt’s hands were empty.

“I could not fully see her hands or what was in the backpack or what the intentions are,” Byrd said. “But they had shown violence leading up to that point.”

Investigations by the Capitol Police and the Justice Department cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

“The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” federal prosecutors said in a statement.

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that Babbitt was murdered.

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33 responses to “Officer Who Shot and Killed Ashli Babbitt Gives on Camera Interview With MSNBC, Claims He Saved ‘Countless Lives’ (VIDEO)”

  1. asianchris says:

    I can’t even take him seriously. He’s making excuses for a major mistake he made.

    “Hero”.. we all saw the footage. Fucking murder is what it is.

    White cop shooting BLM protestor… imagine how that would play out. Hero in my book but media would go after him.

  2. TuckR8 says:

    He shot an unarmed person from a barricaded position. She may have been looking through, but even applying the lightest scrutiny to his actions would show he applied excessive force at best. Though in my mind, he’s a murderer who seized the opportunity to kill. The left won’t question it, because one of the “others” was killed. The politicians on the right won’t do anything in response or even ask questions because CNN, MSNBC, ABC, et all will stop saying mean things about them for a day if they keep their mouths shut.

    So, our “leaders” are cultists, useless, or too few in number to do anything. How do we start a campaign to defund Capitol Police?

  3. Dwayne865 says:

    Well parsed IMO

  4. Devilsgun says:

    Just the kind of brick-headed dumb fuck thug that the Cowards That Be love to have keeping them safe.

    What a mental retard jackboot piece of shit

  5. LeeHarvey says:

    He couldn’t see her hands, he didn’t know what was behind her. Just those two facts alone means he should have his gun taken from him. He’s lucky he only murdered one person. That and he’s probably a democrat.

  6. Artrichstudio says:

    If it was a white cop firing on antifa or BLM?..

  7. Wolv256 says:

    Tldr

  8. Heathenairsoftnj says:

    Luckily there is no statutory limit on murder so when a real administration gets elected in 2024 we can revisit this and this man can be charged with murder. Trump 2024. And free Derick.

  9. Heathenairsoftnj says:

    He shot an unarmed civilian and was in no immediate danger no weapon was present he is a murderer and should be put to trial and eventually put to death. But then again what do you expect from these people?

  10. Kingsoloman2u says:

    Equal justice under the law
    Seems to be rare these days
    He admits he couldnt see beyond the doors well and couldnt tell what type of threat she or any one posed
    How is that better than what Derek C
    Seems to me to be worse

  11. JamoeCW says:

    so i am going to say something controversial. not all cops are the same. he was a plain clothes officer that worked with people that expect military officers to serve them food. this means that he probably isn’t one that is very used to situations like this, but has had extensive knowledge from after action reports and break downs of similar situations. his assessment is probably correct that if that barrier was overrun there would be no stopping the mob. now you add in that in such a situation you have real trouble seeing past the front row of people, and he just sees bodies massed at the barrier (hence why cops try to keep ‘sides’ during crowd control) and that these same people have ‘overrun’ similar barriers (from his perspective since he probably didn’t know the cops were letting them through) several times to get here. he (like most people) get his news from the likes of CNN, and MSNBC which paints Trump supporters as the worst and most violent of the right, and there is a subtext that is discernible that is spelled out with stuff like the ADL in which the right kills thousands every year and the left only a few nationwide (a easy lie to debunk, but is propagated enough that most on the left believe this, even if they don’t read the ADL’s lies). he probably didn’t know that all of the members and staff have been evacuated at this point (best to avoid those people if you can) and you can’t just ‘check on the radio’ since there is a lot going on and the lines of communication needs to be kept clear for all of the rest of the traffic going on. he probably was in charge of the officers around/behind him and typically relays orders rather than sending them off to handle different things when all goes to shit (lack of real experience with this sort of situation means less lateral thinking). now you have reports of shots fired (which we know now to be false) and the very real issue that a mob of people is very deadly (the left and legal institutions like to ignore this and deal with mobs as groups of individuals from the perspective of a victim of that mob). all of this together and i would find it reasonable that he shot Babbitt.

    of course this means that the CP fucked up in lack of preparations (pretty obvious to everyone), hence why things were so chaotic (pretty important in not getting the idiot from the right info). that treating your security forces like waiters is shitty leadership, hence why they are not good at doing their jobs (and don’t give me the old line that ‘it is just part of their job’, the more you require of people the less skill in any given thing you require occurs). that MSM is effectively stoking riots, the modern equivalent of ‘shouting fire in a crowded theater’ by warping the perception of reality so much so that ‘a reasonable person’ would react violently in circumstances which do not call for it. policies that keep your boots on the ground in the dark (not telling the cops that all members and staff had been evacuated) keeps them from being in the a habit of thinking for themselves on how to proceed (mission orientation versus procedure orientation) and altering objectives accordingly, puts extra strain on your personnel in unplanned events. there are a lot of people to be blamed for the murder of Babbitt, but i would say that the idiot officer is not one of them (though is not a ‘hero’ by any stretch). he should probably get desk duty or get fired though.

  12. JamoeCW says:

    i wish you could link it as well, since the doors look to be wood with the same sort of shitty ‘bullet proof’ glass (they were smashed in pretty quickly) as all the others. it doesn’t seem like if the ‘mob’ had gotten through the other doors that the last one would have stopped them. the whole thing of course screams set up (hence why the FBI is dropping the case and keeping them from being subject to discovery).

  13. Wolv256 says:

    This man is a monster and a murderer and they intentionally killed Ashli Babbitt to incite anger for their FBI false flag attack, but my big take away from this interview is just that this guy is really, really dumb. He never should have been in that situation, but he’s a pawn for a greater evil. This man has an Iq of about 50.

  14. Enclyclo says:

    You must not have seen the video. He was in no danger at all, he shot thru the window of a steel security door, she could not have gotten thru this heavy steel door without some sort of mechanical assistance which she did not have. Besides the police deal with unarmed violence every day and are trained to deal with much more difficult situations. Also, seconds, after she was shot several huge cops, showed up behind her, giving her no time to force the door. This cop was in no danger at all, he executed her. I wish I could link the video.

  15. neilinda says:

    This is probably a controversial line of thought… with a question…
    IF I was to strip away the designation “religion” from the founding beliefs of the Mormon church and then just start questioning the actual history of someone finding several 30+ pound “golden plates” with writing on them buried in a stone box in a field in New York State in 1823 and not sharing them (the story, the actual “plates”) with anyone who could verify that it happened, the background story of the Mormon religion (the easiest religion to question) might be just considered as wacky as QAnon.
    Belief -letting go and just trusting- is a strange part of all religions.
    Think about what would be said if they had identify Ms Babbitt as a Muslim, or Catholic instead of a believer in QAnnon…
    Why can’t QAnon be considered a religion?

  16. MisterRepublic says:

    He must be tried by a jury of his peers. I’m deeply disturbed at the double-standard being shown here. This also “could” even be racially motivated, who knows, unless we have a trial. He is at least guilty of incompetency in performing his job. Say her name! RIP Airman Babbitt – Aim High.

  17. bighsker250 says:

    You shot a unarmed veteran. Nuff said

  18. Maiafay says:

    Yes, saving lives by murdering one unarmed person at a time.

  19. rwstickels says:

    So, he heard that ‘shots had been fired’ over his radio, but didn’t use that same radio to call and ask about the situation outside the chamber doors. Pretty sure one or more of those officers behind Babbitt could have given him a report. Sorry, but this really sounds like a coverup. Why hasn’t an independent investigation been done on this?

  20. Montana says:

    Apparently, guns are needed to protect your rights. Who knew? Even during a peaceful protest in DC because Oathbreakers will take your life in a heartbeat if you don’t defend it. Oathbreakers turned January 6th violent not protestors.

  21. Montana says:

    Fuck that murdering oathbreaker. We already knew his identity. He’s a pansy ass mother fucker. Say her name! That’s ok, what do you get when you murder an innocent veteran? You get what you deserve… eventually.

  22. smax7019 says:

    I agree, I think he was acting only on his own behalf to protect himself. No one else freaked out and fired at the protestors.

  23. Element says:

    She was unarmed. None of the people that trespassed had weapons.

  24. prcntm says:

    This is an interesting one. I am deeply troubled that Ashli Babbitt was killed, and I don’t condone the actions Byrd took, but I can empathize with his situation. I don’t think he should have been cleared of all wrongdoing. He killed someone. Intentional or not, you have to be held accountable to that. That said, he was in a terrifying situation and was probably genuinely fearing for his own life (I don’t buy this “I was saving members of Congress line; I think he was trying to save himself, but that is strictly my opinion). He acted in his own self interest and as a result Ashli was killed.

    On a more conspiracy-theory note, perhaps Law Enforcement in the area was intentionally filling the radio chatter with reports of shots fired specifically to create a situation like this.

  25. Wolv256 says:

    Stop acting like this was an accident. This was clearly a false flag operation by the FBI and they needed blood to sell it to the public. They were all led in and filmed by known FBI informant John Sullivan. It should be all on security tape, but they are with holding the evidence.

    Prosecute the entire FBI for murder and treason.

  26. neilinda says:

    Please…

  27. UppityG says:

    Yeah, say whatever it takes to help you sleep at night, murderer. Pelosi Praetorian Guard. Karma cannot get here soon enough for you.

  28. TomCedar14 says:

    Justice for Ashli Babbitt! If this man is not found guilty of Murder, the Jan 6th rioters should get more confrontational. (Sarcasm. . . kinda)

  29. Sethbishop89 says:

    We should implement more diversity hires in more jobs that authorize individuals to use deadly force.

    How did this guy make the cut for a capital police?

    FYI CP just hired a chief diversity officer.

  30. Viewtifuljoe says:

    “I shot an armed woman from across the room. I’m a hero.”
    ~Lt. Byrd

  31. Cleffy says:

    He should be celebrated as the only person to blindly shoot into an unarmed crowd.

  32. Jdugan7601 says:

    Perhaps there should be a trial

  33. Ksulipeck says:

    Hero! Shoots unarmed women with no warning and brags about it. So awesome.