D.C. police have identified an armed woman who was shot and killed by officers outside a southwest Washington recreation center on Tuesday evening. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference Wednesday that 41-year-old Isabelle Duval of Winchester, Va. refused to put down her semi-automatic pistol after several commands from officers to do so.
Duval was shot by officers just before 6:30 p.m. outside of the front door of the Bald Eagle Recreation Center on Joliet Street, SW, in the Bellevue neighborhood. Police were initially called about a crash, but then received another call that the female driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was armed with a gun.
When officers arrived, Chief Newsham says they found Duval with a black semi-automatic handgun, which she was instructed to drop multiple times. Newsham says she raised her arms with the weapon in hand, toward officers, and at that point, two officers fired their weapons at her.
Duval was struck, and she was taken to an area hospital where she later died.
The involved officers’ body-worn cameras were on, according to Newsham, and police are reviewing footage they captured. Both officers who fired work in the 7th District, and they are both on administrative leave, which is standard protocol after an officer-involved shooting.
It’s not clear why Duval was in the District, or what led to the accident she was involved in. Newsham said lots of witnesses have come forward and are cooperating with the investigation, so they should be able to determine what happened.
One witness says after she crashed her car, she got out of the vehicle and waved a gun around.
“We heard something go ‘doosh’ and we thought somebody just threw something in the trash can. A little kid rode his bike and told us a white lady crashed her car and got her knee busted and she was like don’t call the police officer because she had a warrant on her and a gun in her purse,” said witness Martin Gross.
Police also released a photograph of the gun investigators recovered at the scene.
This is the second fatal police-involved shooting to take place in the District this year. Last week, a man was shot and killed about a block away on Irvington Street SW.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099.