A DC transgender woman is dead amid conflicting reports of how she died. Apparently, armed members of a private security company shot her while responding to a call about an intruder in a vacant DC apartment building Sunday.
Update 1/11/2020 The Metropolitan Police Department. identified the deceased as Mia Penny, 26 years old.
WUSA9 reports that around 10:43 p.m. Sunday, December 2019 private security guards employed by Metropolitan Tactical Elite Protective Services were called to a vacant apartment building for a possible burglary in the 4200 Block of Barnaby Road Southeast. The guards came across an armed, adult suspect, and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said evidence shows there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the guards.
According to the guards the ‘man’ with whom they traded gunfire with then ran from the building, The DC K9 unit was called but after a search of the building and surrounding area could not locate the shooter.
At 4:51 p.m. Monday, Seventh District police officers responded to the same address for reports of an unconscious person. Officers found an unconscious adult suffering from gunshot wounds to the midsection. A gun was then recovered from the scene according to the police.
The Metropolitan Police Department report states that DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Other media outlets make no mention that she was found alive. The medical examiner has yet to release their report of the unnamed transgender woman. She will be identified once the family has been notified according to DC police.
For the armed guards and police collaborated version to be true the fatally wounded woman had to be fit enough to evade both them and a K9 unit and then return to the building nearly 24 hours later to die.
Budd, an esteemed DC sex worker rights activist told News4 she has heard that the boarded-up building has been used for sex work.
She said she doesn’t understand how the police did not find the woman during the initial search Sunday night.
Police say the investigation is still active.
Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at (202) 727-9099.