A woman fatally shot by officers while wearing a special police officer uniform in Northwest DC reportedly had a mental health crisis less than an hour before at the security company she worked for, authorities said.
DC police were first called to the 2900 block of 14th Street NW “for multiple reports of an employee experiencing a mental health crisis” at 5:06 am on April 23, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
The woman, 42-year-old Erica Graham, left before police arrived, police said.
Less than an hour later, police saw Graham in the 800 block of Crittenden Street NW, where they believe she shot and wounded a neighbor.
Graham, who worked as a concierge for a security company responsible for dispatching special police officers, was allegedly waving a gun and smashing windows, according to police.
Officers tried to talk with her for about a minute, and asked her to drop the gun and get on the ground, but she didn’t comply, DC Police Chief Robert Contee said.
Police then fired, killing Graham.
Police said Graham wore a bullet-proof vest and body camera at the time of the shooting, along with a special police officer’s uniform showing a name that was not hers. Graham was not a licensed special police officer in DC, police said.
More details about what may have triggered Graham’s crisis were not immediately provided.