Just as Salt cancels the missile launch, Counter Intelligence officer Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and several security agents break into the locked room and shoot at her, but her vest protects her from being harmed. Winters (aka Tarkovsky) orders the agents to see to the president, who was knocked out by Tarkovsky. As Salt is being escorted out of the bunker in handcuffs, she leaps at Tarkovsky, wraps her handcuffs around his neck, and jumps over the balcony to garotte him. Salt is led out to the helicopter waiting to fly her and Peabody to be questioned by the FBI. Once in the air, Peabody asks why she killed him, and Salt replies, 'Because somebody had to.' She explains her side of the story to Peabody and tries to convince him that she actually saved the world. But there are many more KA-12 spies out there, she tells him. At first, Peabody doesn't believe her, but then he receives an urgent message telling him that Salt's fingerprints were found on the barge where Orlov was killed. 'They took everything from me,' Salt says. 'I'll kill them.' After a few moments of contemplation, Peabody replies, 'That's bull!' and slugs her. Then he unlocks her handcuffs and says, 'Go get them.' As the helicopter flies over the Potomac River, Salt leaps out, landing in the icy water. Peabody orders the helicopter to circle back, but Salt is gone. Peabody smiles. In the final scene, Salt can be seen, cold and wet, running through the woods.