A police officer who allegedly witnessed a murder and then lied about it is under investigation. The man accused in the killing was in court Wednesday, but the officer's name was never mentioned even though she is listed as one of several witnesses to the crime.
Law enforcement sources say Ricardo Mitchell and the officer were dating each other when Mitchell allegedly got up off the porch they were sitting on, got a gun from inside the house, and chased down Wyatt Robinson, shooting him multiple times.
Sources say the officer saw it all, did not take police action, did not call 911 and then lied about it when homicide arrived.
In court on Wednesday, during a preliminary hearing for Mitchell, the prosecutor never mentioned what the officer saw or did, possibly signaling the government will not rely on her testimony at trial.
On August 21, from the front porch of the house on Clay Place in Northeast, witnesses say Mitchell exchanged words Robinson as he walked down the street.
Sitting next to Mitchell was his girlfriend, a veteran D.C. Police officer assigned to the Second District.
According to a court affidavit, Mitchell was recorded by a surveillance camera leaving the house with a pistol in his hand. The document says the camera recorded him in a firing stance shooting at Robinson.
The document lists the officer as W-2. And says she initially lied about witnessing the murder.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier was asked about the case in a September appearance on WTOP radio.
"Well again, this is in the justice system, so I am restricted from commenting on it,” said Lanier. “The officer is revoked, is not in a duty status. If the investigation confirms that is exactly what happened, then that officer is facing criminal charges.”
Wanda Ortiz was in the courtroom when she heard the investigating detective say her son did nothing to provoke the attack.
"It really made an impact. It really hurt me to my soul to hear that someone so kind died so horribly,” said Ortiz.
Now Ortiz wants to know how a police officer could have witnessed the murder and did nothing to help her son.
"Every officer takes an oath to protect and serve and that oath was violated and it was a horrible situation that I personally felt could have been prevented,” Ortiz said.
When police arrived, Mitchell was gone and Robinson was found dead a block away on Minnesota Avenue, NE.
W-2 eventually told police she did see what happened and identified Mitchell as the shooter.
The judge in this case said he heard enough evidence to hold Mitchell until trial.
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