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.
The area around the shooting was blocked off for the investigation, which included reviewing footage from home security cameras.
Saturday’s shooting erupted in a quadrant of the city already rattled by gun violence.
On Friday afternoon, four people were shot in a “sniper-style” attack in the city’s Van Ness neighborhood. The 23-year-old suspect was found dead in an apartment building on Friday evening, police said.
Three men were found shot later that evening at 7th and Kennedy streets NW, in D.C.'s Brightwood Park neighborhood, less than a mile away from where the police-involved shooting broke out Saturday.
All three were taken to hospitals conscious and breathing.
When asked Saturday morning about the rash of violence, Contee praised the Metropolitan Police Department officers and said they likely prevented more people from being injured or killed in Van Ness and on Crittenden Street.
“It’s kind of hard to make sense out of senselessness. We know that when firearms are involved, that increases the security risk that we face when we’re out here doing our job. But the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department show up every day," Contee said.
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