Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Francisco J. Diaz said the cause of death for Babbitt, 35, was a gunshot wound to the left anterior shoulder. Her manner of death was decided homicide, his office said.
Officials previously said Babbitt was fired by a police officer as she supposedly tried to climb through a door window inside the Capitol building. The name of the officer has not been published by local or federal authorities.
“Homicide” is one of the five categories doctors use to label manners and causes of death. Gregory G. Davis, the president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, told Time magazine years ago that it suggests merely “someone’s intentional actions led to the death of another person.” The other trademarks are natural, accident, suicide, and undetermined, Davis said.
Video footage that was uploaded online during the day of the breach revealed Babbitt, a former U.S. Air Force service member, being shot by an officer through a door.
The attorney for the Capitol Police officer who killed Babbitt told news outlets several weeks ago that claims he didn’t offer a verbal caution before shooting is “a false narrative.”
A lawyer for Babbitt’s family didn’t return a voicemail. U.S. Capitol Police did not respond to a request for comment.
“It’s a false narrative that he issued no verbal commands or warnings,” the lawyer, Mark Schamel, told Real Clear Investigations. “He was screaming, ‘Stay back! Stay back! Don’t come in here!’”
An unconfirmed report from the Wall Street Journal that quoted anonymous sources said inspectors in the shooting have recommended that the Capitol Police officer not be accredited with a crime. However, the Department of Justice has not made a final decision on the case. The medical examiner’s office released the cause and manner of death for three other protesters who engaged in the breach.
Kevin Greeson, 55, died from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and his manner of death was dictated as natural, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Benjamin Phillips, 50, also died from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and his manner of death was natural, the office said.
Roseanne Boyland, 34, died from acute amphetamine intoxication and her manner of death was ruled as an accident, the office added. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s cause and manner of death were not disclosed.