DC Transgender Woman found Shot in Vacant Apt Bldg

DC Transgender Woman Shot

DC Transgender Woman found Shot in Vacant Apt Bldg / Photo WUSA9

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.

DC Transgender Woman Shot

A handgun was recovered on the scene / Photo MPD

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.

DC Trans activist Earline Budd with the DC nonprofit Center for Black Equity says this makes no sense.

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.

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4 Responses to DC Transgender Woman found Shot in Vacant Apt Bldg

  1. Ruby Celeste January 2, 2020 at 7:35 am

    That sounds Dodgy af 😠
    Since its the US police, I wouldn’t be surprised if they shot her and planted the gun on her, fucking police!

    • kelli Anne Busey January 2, 2020 at 10:16 am

      She was alive when they finally ‘found her’ and didn’t lift a finger to try and save her life
      .
      The police report says:

      “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.”

      Son of a bitch.

  2. Merri Banks January 2, 2020 at 10:28 am

    First of all,it was not police who shot her, according to the article. It was private security guards. Second, it appears she was commiting a crime at the time – at least trespassing. There is insufficient evidence in this article for me to decide if she shot at the guards – if so, they were certainly justified in shooting back.
    It does seem odd that the K9 unit couldn’t find a wounded, bleeding person. But in fact it is not clear that the dying, unconscious woman is the same person who traded fire with the guards!
    Being transgender doesn’t automatically make her an innocent victim. Police being involved doesn’t make them guilty either. Let us be fair to all concerned.

    • Kelli Busey January 3, 2020 at 7:29 am

      The article clearly states the facts.

      According to the Police, the armed guards shot her. According to police, they found evidence that gunfire was exchanged between at least two firearms.

      According to the guard company, staffed by civilians, the woman was inside the building when she was shot and mortally wounded.

      According to the guards and collaborated by the police the person they exchanged gunfire with evaded capture the night of the shooting.

      According to the police, they responded nearly 24 hours later on a reported ‘unconscious person report’ to the same location to find a gravely wounded trans person.

      According to the Police report, they didn’t transport her to the hospital. Instead, they let her die at the location.

      These are the facts as plainly stated in the article.

      These are police reports that as protocol requires are being investigated by internal affairs.

      Culpability has not been suggested but as one reader commented this is dodgy AF.