Senior White House Staffer Allegedly Threatened Cop Boyfriend with His Gun, Fired Shot Toward Him
08/11/2015 AT 01:05 PM EDT
Barvetta Singletary, 37, works as a special assistant to the president, handling President Obama's relations with the House of Representatives, USA Today reports. But since she was arrested on Friday following a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol police officer, she has been placed on leave.
"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 spokesperson said in a statement. "We will take additional actions as needed."
According to charging documents obtained by NBC News, Singletary invited her boyfriend, who is not identified, over to have sex on Friday evening. Afterwards, she confronted him about another woman he was dating.
The two went outside to the boyfriend's car, where Singletary demanded to see his cell phones. He refused, so she reached into his bag and took them, as well as his .40-caliber Glock 23 service weapon, the charging documents state.
She ran off with the gun, insisting that he give her the passwords to his phones. He again refused, so she threatened him with the weapon. "You taught me how to use this. Don't think I won't use it," Singletary allegedly said, according to the charging documents.
Still, he refused. At that point, Singletary allegedly remarked, "Your phone is more important than me holding the gun on you," and fired one shot into the sofa where the boyfriend was sitting.
He ran from the home and then called 911. Singletary was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. She has not entered a plea.
In a statement, U.S. Capitol police said: "We are investigating the matter mindful of the underlying criminal investigation. Department employees are held to a high standard of conduct and the matter will receive a thorough review consistent with our policies and procedures."
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