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Police: SPO shot, killed at Anacostia Library during training exercise

At some point during the training, the retired lieutenant running the training took out the weapon and fired a shot, striking the woman.

WASHINGTON — A special police officer (SPO) was shot and killed during a training exercise at the Anacostia Library in Southeast D.C. Thursday afternoon. 

According to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. at the library on Good Hope Road.

In a press conference Thursday evening, MPD Chief Robert Contee claimed a retired MPD lieutenant was conducting ASP Baton training in a library room. At some point during the training, the retired lieutenant took out the weapon and fired a shot, striking the woman.

ASP Batons are expandable batons commonly used by law enforcement. It is not clear why a live weapon was in the room during baton training, or why it was fired. 

When officers arrived they found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound, unconscious and not breathing. The woman was taken to a hospital for help where she was pronounced dead. 

Officials have not identified the woman other than saying she was a special police officer.

This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.

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