The family of the woman shot dead inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 is considering filing a lawsuit against the officer who shot her.
The lawsuit would allege constitutional violations, Terrell Roberts, a lawyer for Ashli Babbitt’s family, told The Epoch Times, including excessive use of force.
“That will be filed against the officer, the Capitol Police,” he said, pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting.
Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was shot as she attempted to climb through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby, which is adjacent to the House chamber in the Capitol. It was the only shooting during the breach.
The U.S. Capitol Police has confirmed that the person who shot Babbitt is a sworn officer.
The Metropolitan Police Department is leading the investigation, with help from the federal agency and the Department of Justice.
The officer has not been identified by officials or in news reports. He is reportedly in hiding out of fear for his safety.