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White House staffer arrested after domestic shooting

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A White House staffer was arrested after she allegedly fired a gun at an off-duty U.S. Capitol police officer Friday morning during a domestic dispute in Upper Marlboro.

According to Prince George's County police, officers responded to a home in the 13000 block of Burnished Wood Court at around 5:30 a.m. Friday for a report of a shooting. A preliminary report found Barvetta Singletary texted the officer at around 2:30 a.m. to come to her house for sexual intercourse. 

After engaging in intercourse, Singletary, 37, asked the officer about another female he was dating, according to charging documents. The officer then asked Singletary to walk outside towards his vehicle.

Once outside and in the vehicle, Singletary asked the officer where his cell phones were. When the officer refused to reveal that information, Singletary reached into the officer's bag and grabbed two cell phones and his service weapon, according to charging documents.

The officer then ran back inside the home, followed by Singletary. Once inside, police say the officer pleaded with Singletary to return his gun while she demanded the passwords for his phones.

After some time, Singletary then fired a shot in the direction of the officer, who then fled the residence, according to charging documents.    

Singletary, a White House aide, is charged with first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. No one was injured during the incident.

A White House spokesperson released the following statement Monday: 

We are aware of the matter and have temporarily placed the employee in question on unpaid leave and revoked her access to the complex until we have more information. We will take additional actions as needed.

U.S. Capitol police put out the following statement about the incident:

We are investigating the matter mindful on the underlying criminal investigation. Department employees are held to a high standard of conduct and the matter will receive a thorough review consistent with our policies and procedures.

According to Roll Call, the officer has been placed on administrative leave. 

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