One woman was found shot in a home, then police fatally shot another woman who was allegedly waving a gun on a neighbor’s porch, the Metropolitan Police Department said
Officers fatally shot an armed woman wearing a special police officer uniform in Northwest Washington, D.C., while responding to a shooting that injured another woman Saturday morning, police said.
Both women lived on the block of 800 block of Crittenden Street NW, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said. The woman wearing the uniform was not an official special police officer, police later said.
Multiple people called police to report a shooting on the block and officers responded about 6 a.m., Contee said.
One woman was found in a house. She had been shot at least once, Contee said. Officers rendered first-aid and she was taken to a hospital.
A second woman was on the front porch of another neighbor’s home. She was wearing a special police officer’s uniform showing a name that is not hers, Contee said.
She was allegedly waving a gun and smashing windows, according to Contee and a police press release.
Officers tried to engage with the woman for about a minute, including asking her to drop the firearm and get on the ground, Contee said. Police said she didn’t comply.
D.C. police fired at the woman, Contee said. Officers rendered first aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was not immediately released.
The woman killed by police appears to have known the first shooting victim.
“It appears that they are familiar with each other, but I’m not exactly sure why, at this point, why the special police officer shot the other neighbor,” Contee said.
Police later said the woman was not registered as a special police officer. Special police officers are licensed by the city to provide services, such as working as a security guard.
People in the neighborhood told News4 they heard about five gunshots A handgun was recovered at the scene, police said