An officer in the Metropolitan Police Department’s first district “dry-fired” an unloaded weapon at the head of another officer during a roll-call meeting on Saturday afternoon, possibly under orders from a sergeant as part of a training exercise, four MPD sources tell WUSA9.
Those sources say a Sergeant later told officers in the room that they had secretly ordered the officer to unload his weapon and then pretend to fire on his colleague as part of a “training exercise” on situational awareness. The officer then pulled the trigger of the unloaded weapon while pointing it at the head of an officer until it audibly clicked, the sources say.
Both the officer who allegedly fired the weapon, and the sergeant who allegedly ordered him to do so have been placed on administrative duties, pending an internal affairs investigation, MPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck tells WUSA9.
This is a man pointing a real gun at another human being and pulling the trigger on orders from a superior. Sworn officers or not, bullcrap “situational awareness” excuse or not, this strikes me as nothing more or less than assault with a deadly weapon, and could have easily developed into a homicide if the officer who pulled the trigger failed to successfully clear the chamber of his weapon.
I hope the sound of the “click” of the weapon—I think DC Metro still issues Glocks, but I wouldn’t swear to it—resulted in other officers in the room disarming and dog-piling on the officer who pulled his weapon, but I rather strongly suspect that they simply sat there in shock, unable to believe what they just witnessed.