A White House staffer is facing domestic violence charges after allegedly firing at her U.S. Capitol Police boyfriend with his service weapon, according to NBC 4 Washington.
A White House spokesman told The Hill the staffer, Barvetta Singletary, has been placed on temporary unpaid leave and is banned from White House grounds "until we have more information."
Police say Singletary texted her boyfriend to meet at her home in suburban Maryland for sex. Afterward, she confronted him about another woman he was dating.
The two entered her car to discuss it, and an argument ensued when Singletary asked to see her boyfriend’s cellphones. Singletary allegedly grabbed his phones and a .40 caliber Glock 23 pistol.
After the boyfriend refused to give Singletary the passwords on his phones, she pointed the gun at him and said, “You taught me how to use this. Don't think I won't use it,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by NBC 4.
Singletary pointed the gun in his direction and fired one round, police said.
The boyfriend fled the home and called 911.
Singletary has served as special assistant to the president and House legislative affairs liaison since 2014. Before that, she was deputy chief of staff and policy director to Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
This story was updated at 3:08 p.m.