A Texas sheriff's lieutenant who called the Capitol riot one of the best days of her life has been fired

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  • A Texas cop who called the Capitol riot one of the best days of her life has been fired.

  • An arbitrator upheld the Bexar County sheriff's decision to fire Lt. Roxanne Mathai.

  • Mathai posted photos that showed her outside the Capitol on January 6. She has not been charged.

A Texas sheriff's lieutenant who was at the Capitol on January 6 and who called the insurrection one of the best days of her life has been fired, the local news outlet KSAT reported on Tuesday.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office Lt. Roxanne Mathai, 47, was placed on administrative leave in January after she posted photos on Facebook that showed her near the Capitol, KSAT reported.

Sheriff Javier Salazar fired Mathai in June, but she appealed his decision, according to KSAT. When the case was brought before an arbitrator, she argued that she'd been present for a historic event and was wrongfully terminated, the report said.

Since Mathai said she didn't enter the Capitol, she also argued that she was not involved in the siege, the local CBS affiliate KENS 5 reported.

In an interview with KSAT on Monday, Salazar called Mathai's defense "ridiculous."

"It's not like you're standing there for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. That's a historic event," Salazar said. "You're there when fellow Americans lost their lives. That's nothing to be proud of."

The arbitrator ultimately sided with Salazar and upheld Mathai's firing, KSAT reported.

The sheriff's office and Mathai's attorney did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

Mathai has not been criminally charged in the insurrection, and she has claimed she was unaware of the bloodshed at the Capitol, KSAT reported.

According to KSAT, among photos posted on her Facebook page that showed her walking toward the Capitol after President Donald Trump's speech, Mathai wrote: "And we are going in......in the crowd at the stairs...not inside the capitol like the others. Not catching a case lol."

"Not gonna lie.....aside from my kids, this was, indeed, the best day of my life. And it's not over yet," Mathai wrote in a separate Facebook post, according to KSAT.

According to KENS 5, Mathai had been an employee of the sheriff's office for eight years.

Mathai told the outlet in June that she did not regret going to the Capitol that day but did regret "the events that happened — the events that I had no participation in."

More than 700 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection.

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