White House Staffer Shot at Boyfriend Who Refused to Give Up His Cellphone Password: Report

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Barvetta Singletary
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A White House staffer was placed on unpaid leave after she reportedly threatened her boyfriend with a gun during an argument about other women.

According to NBC News, Barvetta Singletary, 37, who serves as a special assistant to the president and House legislative-affairs liaison, confronted her boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol Police officer, with his service weapon Friday.


Charging documents viewed by the news station allege that after Singletary's boyfriend arrived at her Upper Marlboro, Md., home, the two sat inside his car. She confronted him about seeing other women and asked to see his cellphone. When the man refused to give her the cellphone, Singletary reportedly reached into the man's bag and took "two cellphones and the victim's .40-caliber Glock 23 service weapon," NBC News reports.

Singletary reportedly ran into the home while the man followed asking for his guns. Singletary allegedly refused to give the weapons back until he gave her the passwords to both phones.


According to the arrest warrant, Singletary took one of the weapons out of its holster and told the man, "You taught me how to use this. Don't think I won't use it."

When the man refused to give up the phone passwords, Singletary reportedly stated, "Your phone is more important than me holding the gun on you," before allegedly turning and firing a shot near him into a sofa where he was sitting.


The man ran from the house and called 911. According to authorities, he reported that he saw Singletary wiping the gun down with a towel as he was leaving.

Singletary was arrested at her home and charged with domestic violence. A White House representative told the news station that Singletary's presidential access had been revoked.


Read more at NBC News.

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