April 23 (UPI) — Police in Washington, DC, fatally shot a woman wearing a special police officer’s uniform on Saturday who was allegedly armed with a gun and acting erratically, authorities said.
Officers responded to multiple reports of a shooting just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning in northwest DC and found a woman who had been shot at least once in a home, the Department of Metropolitan Police, Robert Contee. said at a press conference. Officers gave her first aid and she was taken to hospital.
Police found a second woman on the porch of a neighbor’s house, who allegedly smashed windows and brandished a gun. She wore a special police officer’s uniform depicting a name that officers later learned was not hers, Contee said.
“The police officers asked the person to put down the firearm they had in their possession. They ordered the person to get down. Finally, the person wearing the special police officer uniform was shot by a Metropolitan Police officer,” Contee said.
Both women lived in the neighborhood where the shooting happened, Contee added.
The woman in uniform was not an official special police officer, the department later announced. on Twitter.
A special constable is a city-mandated private law enforcement professional. They usually work as security guards, Contee said.
Saturday’s shooting came less than a day after a gunman opened fire in Washington’s Van Ness neighborhood, hitting and injuring at least four people.
The gunman, who fired from an apartment window at people on the street below, recorded the incident and posted it on the online internet forum 4chan.
The victims, including a 12-year-old girl, are all expected to recover. Police have identified Raymond Spencer, 23, as a person of interest in the shooting; Spencer was later found dead. Authorities believe he committed suicide when police entered the apartment.