Michael Byrd, the U.S. Capitol Police lieutenant who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, is the same officer who left his gun unattended in a Capitol bathroom in 2019.
Capitol Police found Byrd’s Glock 22 in a Capitol Visitor Center complex bathroom in February 2019 “during a routine security sweep.” At the time, Byrd was the Capitol Police commander of the House Chambers and was scheduled for work the next two days after the incident. The police department launched an investigation into Byrd’s negligence, but he was eventually allowed to stay on the force.
In an exclusive interview with Byrd, NBC’s Lester Holt asked the officer about the investigation and how it’s “been brought up by those who were questioning your competency.”
“Do you want to respond to that?” Holt asked.
“It was a terrible mistake. I acknowledged it. I owned up to it, accepted the responsibility. I was penalized for it and I