Document: Officer Fatally Shoots Woman Dressed in Special Police Officer Uniform

Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s internal affairs bureau are investigating an officer-involved shooting that killed a 42-year-old woman.

At approximately 5:57 a.m. on April 23, MPD officers responded to the report of a shooting on the 800 block of Crittenden Street, NW, according to a press release. They found Erica Graham inside a residence, wearing a Special Police Officer uniform and striking a handgun against a doorframe.

Graham was not a licensed Special Police Officer in Washington. Police say they later determined that Graham shot a woman, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, before officers arrived at the scene.

Officers voiced numerous commands for Graham to drop the firearm, but she did not comply. After she pointed the handgun toward the officers, one of them shot Graham, who died from her injuries.