Pentagon off duty police officer ‘shoots dead two people he thought broke into a car’
- The Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer opened fire in the parking lot of the condominium building in Takoma Park, Maryland Wednesday morning
- Police said he witnessed what he thought was a car break-in and intervened
- Two suspects jumped into a car and tried to flee, and the Pentagon agent opened fire on them with his service weapon
- Both suspects were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds in the hospital
- Two weeks ago, another retired Pentagon officer shot and wounded a 16-year-old armed with a BB gun who allegedly tried to rob him
Two people were shot in Maryland at night after authorities said an off-duty police officer opened fire on them, thinking they were trying to break into a car.
Takoma Park police said in a press release that the deadly shooting took place just after 5:00 a.m. Wednesday at Takoma Overlook Condominiums on New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park.
Police said officers in the condominium parking lot responded after multiple reports of gunfire fired.
A Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer opened fire in the parking lot of this condominium building in Takoma Park, Maryland on Wednesday morning, killing two people
They were met at the scene by an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer, who told them he had witnessed “what he thought was a car that was broken into.”
The Pentagon agent confronted the suspected car burglars, who reportedly had not heeded his orders.
The two suspects then reportedly jumped into a car and tried to flee, after which the Pentagon officer took out his service weapon and opened fire.
A short time later, the suspects arrived at Prince George’s Hospital, where both died of gunshot wounds.
Takoma Park police said they were actively investigating the fatal shooting in consultation with the Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office.
No arrests have been announced in connection with this case since late Wednesday afternoon.
Police have not identified the Pentagon officer and have not released the names of the two deceased suspects, pending notification of next of kin.
A police spokesman said The Washington Post that “there is evidence to support the officer’s statement” that the suspects attempted to break into a car.
Two suspects in a car burglary were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds at Prince George’s Hospital
The incident is the second time in as many weeks that a Pentagon police officer has unloaded his weapon while off duty.
On March 24, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency member shot and wounded a 16-year-old boy who police say tried to rob him at gunpoint in Southeast Washington, DC.
The Pentagon agent told DC police that he had made an unsuccessful attempt to grapple a BB gun from the teen’s hands, then pulled out his own service weapon and fired a single shot.
The 16-year-old survived and was later charged with sexual assault with intent to commit armed robbery.