A White House staffer was arrested and placed on unpaid leave after allegedly grabbing her boyfriend’s gun and shooting at him during a tense argument, police said Monday.
Barvetta Singletary, 37 – a special assistant to the President and the House legislative affairs liaison – was arrested on Friday after the alleged incident.
She reportedly confronted her boyfriend, a Capitol Hill police officer, about another woman he was seeing before grabbing his two cellphones and his .40 caliber Glock 23 service weapon, NBC reported.
When the officer refused to give Singletary his cellphone passwords, she took the gun and pointed it at him, saying: ‘You taught me how to use this. Don’t think I won’t use it,’ according to the arrest warrant.
Police said she pointed the duty weapon in his direction and fired one round.
The incident unfolded on Friday when Singletary summoned her boyfriend, who has not been identified, via text, asking him to come to her home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for sex, according to charging documents.
Afterwards Singletary asked her boyfriend about another woman he was dating, CNN reports.
She then asked him to step outside and they both went to his car, investigators said.
While inside the car, she asked to see his two cellphones. When he refused, she grabbed them and his duty weapon out of a bag and ran back inside her home as he followed, according to the charging documents.
She fired one round and the officer fled her house and called police. Singletary was arrested without incident, authorities said.
Singletary, who was released from jail on Monday after posting a $75,000 bond, was charged with domestic violence and also had her access to the White House revoked, according to CNN.
‘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, a White House spokesman said on Monday.
‘We will take additional actions as needed.’
Before moving to the White House in 2014, Singletary served as deputy chief of staff to Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, where she made $125,000 annually, CNN reported.