Contee said the woman was on the front porch of another residence on the block, smashing windows, and that over the course of a minute or so, police ordered her to put down the firearm and lie on the ground. When she did not follow orders, the officers ultimately shot her, said Contee, who did not know how many times she was shot.
Brianna Burch, a police spokeswoman, said later that preliminary findings indicate that the woman did not drop the weapon after multiple commands. She said the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, a routine action.
Police announced later Saturday that the woman who was fatally shot is not registered as a special police officer in the District. She is believed to have shot the other woman, they said.
She was wearing a uniform bearing a name that was not hers, Contee said. Police have learned that she recently began working for a security company.
“It appears that they are familiar with each other,” Contee said of the two women, who were neighbors on that block of Crittenden Street.
Police are canvassing the neighborhood and working to find out more about the situation.
Burch said midday Saturday that the injured woman was conscious and breathing.