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Officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot breaks silence: 'I saved countless lives'

• NBC News

By Rich Schapiro, Anna Schecter and Chelsea Damberg

In the chaotic minutes before he shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Lt. Michael Byrd focused his attention on the glass doors leading into the lobby of the House of Representatives chamber.

About 60 to 80 House members and staffers were holed up inside, and it was Byrd's job to protect them.

As rioters rampaged through the Capitol, Byrd and a few other officers of the U.S. Capitol Police set up a wall of furniture outside the doors.

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