A retired DC Police Lieutenant has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a library police officer who was killed during a training exercise.

According to court documents, a special police officer was shot dead during a training session at the DC library when a group of trainees gathered to take a picture and “joke”.

Maurika Magnan, 25, interrupted the photo shoot to remove her facemask, and after a classmate teased her, instructor Jesse Porter, 58, pulled a gun out of its holster and stabbed her in the chest, according to surveillance. shot. Video of the incident described in the document.

“I thought you had a training gun,” Porter, a retired police officer, told the first officers to call out to the Good Hope Road library on Thursday afternoon. “Why did I do this? Is she okay?”

Mayan, of Indian Head, Maryland, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead.

Porter, who trained as a private contractor, was arrested Friday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in Mayan’s death.

Several other trainees and library police members who attended Thursday’s training session told investigators that the group had been teasing Mayan all day about her unpreparedness for various tasks. .

Earlier in the day, after Manyan made a funny comment, Porter pointed an orange practice gun at her to simulate shooting her, one of the trainees told police.

The trainee said that Porter “seemed like he was playing” and that Porter was often playful “in order not to make the training insipid”.

Thursday’s training session used ASP baton and handcuff training to de-escalate. There were also multiple brightly colored plastic training guns, and earlier in the day a trainee watched Porter swap out a holstered gun for one of his plastic training models.

Some trainees say they never actually saw Porter fire. One witness reported that after Mayan interrupted the photo session, Porter raised his hand and said something to the effect of “I’ll be back”, after which witnesses heard a gunshot. .

Investigators said in court documents that surveillance video showed Porter shot Mayan in the chest after the group had gathered for photographs.

Shortly after, the video shows Porter and others performing CPR on Mayan and Porter “appearing distraught and very remorseful,” according to the document’s description.

Porter was taken to the DC Police Department’s Homicide Division, but did not answer detectives’ questions.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 1

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