After Wright and the baby were found dead Thursday, Phillips was charged with murder and placed on leave by D.C. police.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Wright family,” Lanier said. “As we have seen all too often, domestic violence has its impact on the most innocent victims.”
Wright had been active for two years in the Prince George’s Sheriff Explorers program, in which young people learn about the discipline and skills needed to be a law enforcement officer, said Sharon Taylor, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
The group meets weekly for physical training, instruction and other activities, said Taylor, who likened the program to the Boy and Girl Scouts. She said Wright had recently been promoted to the rank of private first class.
“She came to the program specifically because she was interested in becoming a sheriff’s deputy,” said Taylor, who met Wright once.
Phillips was not involved in the Explorers program, Taylor said. It is not clear how Phillips met Wright.
Phillips and his wife share their home with Phillips’s 75-year-old mother, Ruth Phillips, who said her son did not seem disturbed about anything this week.
She said the family kept up its routine. After Phillips’s wife left for work each morning, she said, Phillips drove their 12-year-old daughter to school, then came home to rest before leaving in the late afternoon for his night shift with the vice unit.
As for the charges against her son, she said, “I’ll be glad when all this is over and all these questions are over with.”
Phillips was assigned to the vice unit in the D.C. police 1st District station, in the 100 block of M Street SW. The precinct covers a wide swath of the city from the Anacostia River to 17th Street NW, south of New York and Florida avenues.
He worked in plain clothes on short-term investigations, making undercover drug buys and performing other anti-vice tasks, police said.
Staff writers Ruben Castaneda, Hamil R. Harris, Justin Jouvenal and Theola Labbe-DeBose and staff researcher Magda Jean-Louis contributed to this report.