Suspended Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer Arthur Baldwin was shot and killed in the District of Columbia Tuesday afternoon. The DC Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the incident.
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“The Secret Service is aware of this information. We express our condolences to the family of our employee," according to a statement by the Secret Service. "Any inquiries regarding the investigation of this homicide should be directed to Washington Metropolitan Police Department.”
Baldwin was put on suspended status after he was arrested and charged with first degree attempted burglary and destruction of property last April. In that incident, police officers responded to a call that a burglary was taking place in a home in Southeast DC. Officers at the scene found the front door kicked in with the hinges broken, according to court documents. A woman whom police said was “observed crying, shaking and appeared to be in fear of her life" told police that her "ex-boyfriend won’t leave me alone.”
The woman became uncooperative under questioning by police and allegedly said, “I don’t want him to lose his job, he is a police officer," according to court filings.
Baldwin then pulled up to the scene in his truck and allegedly said to the officers, “I am a police officer, can I talk to her?” Police asked him where his service weapon was and he pointed to his vehicle where they recovered a loaded Sig-Sauer hand gun, according to court filings.
Police asked Baldwin if he kicked the door. Baldwin allegedly told police, “I kicked the door but did not break the windows.” Baldwin was placed under arrest and Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy ordered his security clearance suspended and placed Baldwin on administrative leave.
Baldwin appeared in DC Superior Court Tuesday for a status hearing just hours before he was killed.