A woman was shot dead during a training course for special police officers inside a Washington, D.C. library.
Officials say the accident occurred inside the Anacostia neighborhood library Thursday afternoon during a cane rehearsal.
First responders were called to the scene and found that the victim, who was not named, had been shot and was “unconscious and not breathing”.
President Robert Conte said the shooting happened when a retired police lieutenant from the capital was training officers to use an extended cane.
A source told News4 that the instructor pulled out a pistol to demonstrate how quickly he could do so and fired one shot, hitting the special officer in the chest.
Detectives have been called to the scene and are investigating why the trainer’s weapon contained live ammunition.
“I don’t have answers as to why the live firearm is in the training of the ASP gang,” Chief Conte said. “I don’t have those answers for you right now.”
No one else was injured in the accident. The library was disinfected and remained closed for the rest of the day.
The Metropolitan Police Department says special police officers are being hired to guard buildings in the city and carry guns on duty.