Retired Police Lieutenant Charged With Manslaughter After Gun Discharges In Library During Training, Striking Officer

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A retired Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Lieutenant is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after his gun went off and killed a special police officer inside a library, according to Fox 5.

Authorities received a call around 3:32 p.m. Thursday for a shooting inside the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Fox 5 reported. Upon arrival, authorities found 25-year-old Maurica Manyan of Indian Head, Maryland unconscious and not breathing, authorities said. Manyan was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to the report.

Manyan was a special police officer for the library, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III confirmed, according to Fox 5 DC.

Contee said the shooting unfolded during a training session being conducted inside a meeting room by retired police lieutenant, Jesse Porter, 58, according to the report. (RELATED: ‘It Went Off By Mistake’: Family Reacts To Live-streamed Shooting That Killed 12-Year-Old, 14-Year-Old)

Toward the end of the session, Porter allegedly fired a shot and struck Manyan, though it is unclear what the events leading up to the shooting were, according to the report.

The incident remains under investigation, according to the report. Authorities are also trying to determine why a live weapon was being used during a training session.