District police have identified the armed woman who officers shot and killed in Northwest D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood on Saturday morning.
Authorities said officers shot 42-year-old D.C. resident Erica Graham in the 800 block of Crittenden Street NW around 6 a.m. Saturday after refusing to drop her firearm and get on the ground.
Police arrived on the scene responding to a call about a shooting where they said Graham had shot a neighbor in the arm.
Responding officers had been administering first-aid to the female gunshot victim, when they encountered Graham, police said.
In a news conference, D.C. Chief of Police Robert Contee said Graham had been “acting erratically” and wearing a special police officer’s uniform while smashing the windows of another home when officers came into contact with her.
Contee had originally said Graham was a special police officer — a security guard that is commissioned by the city — but the name on the uniform Graham was wearing did not match the identity police had verified for her.
Police later confirmed that Graham was not a special police officer.