Police: White House Staffer Arrested, Fired Shot at Boyfriend — U.S. Capitol Police Officer


A White House aide has been charged with first and second degree assault after allegedly shooting at her boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol officer, using his gun.

A White House staffer spent the weekend in jail after firing a warning shot at a U.S. Capitol police officer with his gun in a domestic violence incident. Singletary was released Monday from jail in Prince George’s County, Maryland, after posting a $75,000 bond, according to spokesman John Erzen of Maryland’s state’s attorney’s office.

Early Friday morning Barvetta Singletary, a special assistant to the President and House legislative affairs liaison, texted the officer “asking him to come to her residence…for sexual intercourse,” according to charging documents.

After “a brief sexual encounter,” Singletary began asking the officer about another woman she suspected he was dating and tried to access his cell phones. Singletary then grabbed the U.S. Capitol officer’s service weapon from a bag and pointed it at him. She allegedly fired one round in his direction.

“You taught me how to use this, don’t think I won’t use it,” Singletary allegedly said before firing the round, according to the police report. She then allegedly wiped down the gun with a towel.

The Capitol Hill police officer then fled Singletary’s home and called 911. Prince George’s county officers arrived at the scene and arrested Singletary.

Singletary previously served as deputy chief of staff to Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn before working at the White House in 2014. Her annual salary is $125,000, according to public records. She has been placed on unpaid leave and had her access to the White House revoked.






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