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Special Police Officer Killed on Duty in 3rd Southeast DC Shooting Tuesday

A special police officer was shot and killed while on duty Tuesday, in the third shooting of the day in Southeast D.C., authorities said.

Angela Washington, 41, of Suitland, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Washington was a mother of four, her grieving family said. She also had two grandchildren. 

“My mother was a hardworking woman. She did anything for her kids. She did anything for whoever. Whoever. She took people in when they was down bad,” her daughter Shanya Washington said. 

“I just feel as though whoever did it, if it was their intentions to do it, I just hope they — I can say what I want to say? I just hope you die and burn in hell,” she added.

Washington was found in her officer uniform at an apartment complex in the 3300 block of 10th Place SE at about 8:40 p.m., police said.

D.C. police are looking for a white Camry with dark tinted windows seen near the area.


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Washington was a captain for a security company and went there to check on officers who were on patrol there, her family said. She had a gun but there was no indication she had a chance to defend herself.

Special police officers are hired to provide security and protection at a specific location.

Police were looking for a white Toyota Camry with dark, tinted windows. The car was last seen on Wheeler Road SE, headed toward Southern Avenue SE.

No additional information on the crime was immediately released.

This was the third shooting in Southeast D.C. on Tuesday.

A mass shooting left five people injured, including a teenager, before 9 a.m.

Two more people, including a 9-year-old boy, were shot before 5 p.m. following an argument between two children, police said.

John Ayala, the director of the organization DC Guardian Angels, lost his grandson to gun violence last year.

"A lot of people are blaming the mayor, the city council and the police department, and I don't think that's who should be getting the blame," Ayala said. "The community should be getting the blame because the community knows what's going on. They're not reporting it and getting these guys off the streets. So we've gotta get the community to stop talking about they're tired of it and prove that they're tired of the shootings."

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