Officer killed after shooting during training exercise inside Anacostia Library

A library police officer was killed during a training exercise in the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in D.C.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police arrived in the library on Good Hope Road Southeast for a report of a shooting. They found a library police officer who had been shot and was unconscious and not breathing. They took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, D.C. police Chief Robert Contee said in a news conference.

There was an ASP baton training taking place at one of the library’s room that involved some six people, including the trainer — a retired D.C. police officer — and several officers, Contee said.

At the end of the training, the trainer, who was contracted by library police to conduct training, fired a shot and struck the officer.

Contee said the findings are preliminary and a lot of investigation needs to be done, but he’s not sure why the trainer had a live weapon in a training environment.

“It’s not good practice to do that,” Contee said, adding that what happened was a very “unfortunate” and “tragic” event.

The Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Southeast D.C. (WTOP/Sarah Jacobs)

Below is a map of where the shooting occurred.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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