Police in Maryland on Thursday recognized two individuals who have been fatally shot by an off-duty Pentagon police officer who stated he was trying to cease an alleged automobile break-in close to Takoma Park.
Dominique Williams, 32, of Hyattsville, Maryland, and James Lionel Johnson, 38, of District Heights, Maryland, each succumbed to their accidents at Prince George’s Hospital on Wednesday, Tacoma Park Police stated in a assertion launched on Thursday.
At roughly 5:03 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Takoma Park Police Division responded to a number of experiences of photographs fired within the car parking zone space of Takoma Overlook Condominiums. Upon arrival, officers have been approached by an off-duty Pentagon Drive Safety Company police officer “who suggested he noticed what he thought was a automobile being damaged into,” in line with the press launch.
He engaged with the suspects “who did not observe his path,” Takoma Park Police stated. The suspects tried to flee in a car at which period the Pentagon officer discharged his service weapon. Shortly after the incident, the 2 suspects concerned each arrived on the hospital with gunshot wounds.
The Takoma Police Division is actively investigating the incident with session with the Montgomery County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace. The Pentagon Drive Safety Company was additionally notified.
The officer who fired his service weapon has not been publicly recognized.
Talking at a scheduled information convention on coronavirus updates Thursday, Montgomery County Govt Marc Elrich, a Democrat, stated he finds it “actually, actually troubling” how little info relating to the circumstances of the capturing has been launched, claiming the Pentagon officer “had no authority in Montgomery County.”
“You may’t shoot folks for property crimes. You may’t shoot them. That’s simply flat-out true,” Elrich stated, in line with The Washington Publish. “The concept that he drew his gun versus choose his cellphone and name the native police — this could not have occurred.”
“I’m dedicated to making sure justice is served,” Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart stated in an announcement. “The Metropolis’s Police Division is working with Montgomery County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace to conduct an entire and full investigation.”