White House Staffer, Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Domestic Dispute

Capitol Police have placed a dignitary protection agent on administrative leave after a White House staffer allegedly fired the agent’s own gun at him in Maryland during a domestic dispute.

The publication Roll Call writes that the staffer has also been suspended.

Prince George’s County police were called to the scene of the August 6th shooting sometime after 10:30 p.m. They arrested Barvetta Singletary, who joined the White House’s legislative affairs team in June 2014 after nearly 15 years with Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, D-S.C. She faces first- and second-degree assault charges, plus one count of reckless endangerment.

Singletary allegedly sent the agent, her boyfriend, a text inviting him to her Upper Marlboro home, where the two got into a fight about another woman he was dating, according to NBC4. Court documents state Singletary reached into the agent’s bag and retrieved two cellphones and his .40 caliber Glock service gun.

The dispute continued and Singletary allegedly fired one round.

Singletary was arrested at the scene without incident. She is charged with first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to NBC News.

She has been placed on unpaid leave from her job pending more information, according to the White House. Her access to the complex has been revoked.

“We will take additional action as needed,” a White House spokesperson said in an email to the publication CQ Roll Call.




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