WASHINGTON — A U.S. Secret Service officer was shot and killed in D.C. Tuesday afternoon hours after he appeared in court for a misdemeanor charge stemming from an April incident involving his girlfriend.
Arthur Baldwin, who had been assigned to the White House branch of the agency, was killed Tuesday, the Secret Service confirmed to WTOP.
“The Secret Service is aware of this information. We express our condolences to the family of our employee,” said spokeswoman Nicole Mainor.
Baldwin, 30, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland had been placed on administrative leave in April after he was charged with attempted burglary and destruction of property in connection with a domestic disturbance involving his girlfriend. The Secret Service would not say whether he was still on administrative leave or if he had returned to work. His security clearance was suspended at the time of his arrest.
Metropolitan police tell WTOP that Baldwin died at the hospital after he was shot multiple times in the 4700 block of First Street SW about 2:50 p.m. Police also say that they were looking for multiple suspects.
NBC Washington reported that police were looking for three people and a silver or gray car as part of the investigation.
The location of the shooting is in a residential area not far from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Eastover Shopping Center.
D.C. court records say Baldwin appeared in court Tuesday morning for a status hearing. The initial felony charge of attempted burglary was dropped in October and he was only facing one misdemeanor count of attempted destruction of property. A trial had been scheduled for February.
WTOP’s Megan Cloherty and Amanda Iacone contributed to this report.