WASHINGTON — A retired police officer has been arrested after police said he fatally shot a special police officer for a library in Washington, DC, during a training exercise on Thursday.
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According to DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III, the library police officer was shot dead during a training session at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library by Jesse Porter, 58, a retired Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant, WJLA-TV reported.
The victim has been identified as Maurica Manyan of Indian Head, Maryland, the Washington Post reported.
Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to the newspaper.
First responders were called to the library just before 3:45 p.m. EDT, WRC-TV reported. The woman was shot dead in a ground-floor briefing room during special police training and was “unconscious and not breathing” when first responders arrived, library officials confirmed to the TV station.
“It is a very tragic situation that we are dealing with here,” Contee told reporters during a news conference.
Contee said Porter is conducting ASP staff training. At one point, the man drew a gun and fired a shot that hit the woman, WUSA-TV reported. The batons are expandable and are commonly used by law enforcement officers, according to the TV network.
About six people were in the room at the time of the shooting, The Associated Press reported.
According to WUSA, it is unclear why a live weapon was used during the training or why it was fired.
“It’s not good practice,” Contee told reporters. “In this situation, I’m not sure why the coach had an edged weapon in the training environment. But it is not good practice to do so.”
Porter runs a private company called Porter Consulting and Expert Tactical Training, according to online records.
He appeared in court Friday and was released from custody pending his pretrial on Aug. 24, according to the Post. He was also ordered to turn over all personal firearms to the police and told not to own guns.
Porter’s attorney declined to comment.
The DC Public Library is an independent city agency with its own police department, according to the Post. Officers authorized to carry a gun are responsible for public safety in the district’s libraries, spokesman George Williams told the newspaper.
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