A woman who was shot and killed as supporters of President Donald Trump violently occupied the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was an Air Force veteran from California, according to media reports.
Ashli Babbitt, 35, was one of four people who died during the hours-long occupation of the Capitol building, her ex-husband Timothy McEntee told the Washington Post.
The woman was shot as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and later died.
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said three other people died in “medical emergencies.” Their identities and causes of death have not been released by authorities.
McEntee said Babbitt was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq while with the Air Force, and before that was deployed to Kuwait and Qatar while with the National Guard.
He added that they met in the Air Force and were married for 14 years. They split up in 2019, he said.
“I feel absolutely terrible and sick to my stomach about it … she had a big head and a strong mind,” McEntee told the Washington Post. “She was never afraid to speak her mind and in a way this was her way of speaking her mind (going to the rally).”
A Twitter account under the name Ashli Babbitt shows retweeted messages that showed support for Trump and his rallies this week as Congress met to confirm Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner.
“Nothing will stop us....they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours....dark to light,” said a Tweet from Tuesday.
Her brother-in-law Justin Jackson told NBC San Diego that the woman “was both loyal as well as extremely passionate about what she believed in.”
According to Jackson, Babbitt lived in Ocean Beach, a town near San Diego.
Police said both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the siege before it was cleared Wednesday evening by law enforcement.
D.C. police officials also say two pipe bombs were recovered, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee. Police found a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.
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People attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the "Save America Rally," Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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