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Michael L. Byrd: Ashli Babbitt shooter comes forward after months in hiding.

An exclusive interview aired by NBC News this week with Capitol Police Lt. Michael L. Byrd, left -- and above in the House chamber on Jan. 6 -- confirmed aspects of the Ashli Babbitt killing during the Capitol riot that were first reported by RealClearInvestigations weeks and months ago (see links below). They include his identity as the officer who fired the fatal shot; the fact that he had earlier faced discipline for leaving his service weapon behind in a Capitol bathroom; and that he’s been "in hiding" and out on paid administrative leave since the shooting. 

Before Byrd came forward of his own accord, officials and major media declined to disclose Byrd's identity, citing concerns for his safety. That was a departure from standard practice in police killings around the country, when the names of officers involved have been promptly released and widely publicized, typically in fatal shootings of minorities.

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Lt. Michael L. Byrd in a detail from the scene above on Jan. 6 in the House chamber.

Here is reporting from RCI's Paul Sperry on the Babbitt shooting -- an episode of deadly police violence that many Americans are only now becoming more familiar with:

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