A White House employee was arrested for allegedly shooting at her boyfriend with his own gun, because he wouldn’t give her the password to his phone, authorities revealed Monday (Aug. 10). Barvetta Singletary got into an argument with the boyfriend, who is a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, at her home in Prince George’s County, Maryland last Friday.
Reports the Washington Post:
Singletary asked the officer about another woman he was dating and left her house to search his Cadillac Escalade for his cellphones, the documents state.
When she found the officer’s phones, she also retrieved his service weapon in his bag and demanded that he give her the passwords to his phones, charging documents state.
The officer ran back to the house, and Singletary followed, later pointing the gun at him, police said.
“You taught me how to use this; don’t think I won’t use it,” police said Singletary told the officer. “Your phone is more important than me holding this gun on you?”
Singletary then fired at the officer and missed, the documents state.
The officer eventually fled, and “the defendant was observed wiping the gun down with a towel,” according to charging documents.
Prince George’s police were called to the scene after the officer called 911.
No one was injured during the altercation, police said.
Singletary, 37, has been charged with first and second-degree assault plus reckless endangerment. Her job at the White House is special assistant to the president and the House of legislative affairs.
She has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.