WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired police lieutenant has been arrested after police say he fatally shot and killed a fellow police officer Thursday during a training exercise at a Washington DC library.
Jesse Porter was at the end of a training exercise at a library in the district’s Anacostia neighborhood on Thursday afternoon when he fired a weapon that struck Maurica Manyan, 25, the Metropolitan Police Chief said on Friday Robert Contee. The library worker was then rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Porter was arrested for manslaughter after police consulted with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington. He remained in custody on Friday and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
The Metropolitan Police said the 58-year-old retired lieutenant worked for a private contractor providing training to a group of library police officers on how to use expandable batons when firing a single shot of his gun.
There were about six people in the room at the time, including other police officers from the library. The city’s public library system has its own force of full-time special constables who may be armed and are responsible for keeping library branches safe and secure.
At a press conference shortly after the shooting, Contee said it was unclear why Porter had a gun during a training exercise. As a general rule, law enforcement ensures that trainers and participants do not have access to live ammunition or live firearms during training programs, to avoid the possibility of gunshot wounds. accidental fires.
“It’s not good practice,” Contee said. “I’m not sure in this situation why the trainer had an actual weapon in the training environment. But it’s not good practice to do that.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear and police said the investigation is still ongoing.
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