A retired DC police lieutenant has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a library police officer killed during a training exercise.
The shooting of a special police officer during a training exercise at a DC library occurred as the group of trainees had gathered to take a photo and were “joking around,” according to court documents.
Maurica Manyan, 25, interrupted taking pictures to remove her mask, her classmates made fun of her and then the instructor, Jesse Porter, 58, pulled his gun from its holster and shot her in the chest, according to surveillance. . video of the incident described in the documents.
“I thought I had my training weapon,” Porter, a retired police lieutenant, told the first responding police officer at the library on Good Hope Road Thursday afternoon. “Why did I do this? Is she okay?”
Manyan, of Indian Head, Maryland, was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Porter, who took the training as a private contractor, was arrested Friday and has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Manyan’s death.
Several other trainees and members of the Library Police who participated in Thursday’s training session told investigators that the group had been hassling Manyan all day because she was not ready for various tasks.
Earlier that day, after Manyan made an amusing comment, Porter pointed an orange training firearm at him to simulate shooting him, one of the trainees told police.
The trainee said that Porter “seemed to be playing around” and that Porter is often playful to “not let the training dry up.”
Thursday’s training session involved de-escalation, the use of ASP poles and handcuff training. There were also several brightly colored plastic training pistols, and earlier in the day, students watched as Porter replaced the firearm in his holster with one of the plastic training models.
Some of the students said they didn’t actually see Porter fire his gun. One of the witnesses said that after Manyan stopped taking pictures, Porter put his hands up and said something like, “Here we go again,” before the witness reported that he heard the gun go off.
Investigators said in court documents that surveillance video shows Porter shooting Manyan in the chest after the group huddled together for the photo.
Immediately afterwards, the video shows Porter and others administering CPR to Manyan and Porter “appeared distraught and very remorseful,” according to the documents’ account.
Porter was taken to the DC police homicide branch but refused to answer detectives’ questions.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 1.
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