She’s temporarily on leave from her job as Obama’s special assistant, so there’s a relief.
A White House staffer was arrested late Friday after allegedly shooting a gun at her boyfriend, an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, during a heated argument, authorities said.
Barvetta Singletary, 37, who is a special assistant to President Obama and also holds the title of house legislative liaison, was charged with domestic violence in the incident, which police say occurred at her home in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Police say she summoned her boyfriend, who was not identified, by text message, and the two had sex. Afterward, according to the criminal complaint, Singletary went to the man’s car with him and accused him of dating other women. Inside the car, Singletary allegedly took the man’s cellphones and his service weapon, demanding passwords to unlock messages stored on the phones.
“You taught me how to use this,” Singletary allegedly told the man. “Don’t think I won’t use it.”
Police say Singletary pointed the gun in the victim’s direction and fired one round.
The man ran away and called police, according to authorities. Singletary was arrested at the scene without incident.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to discuss the incident at a press briefing Monday.
“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,” he said. “ We will take additional actions as needed. For further questions, I would refer you to the Prince George’s County Police Department.”
He’s so helpful with embarrassing details.
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.).