Police in Maryland on Thursday recognized two individuals who had been fatally shot by an off-duty Pentagon police officer who mentioned he was making an attempt to cease an alleged car 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 mentioned in a statement 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 parking zone space of Takoma Overlook Condominiums. Upon arrival, officers had been approached by an off-duty Pentagon Pressure Safety Company police officer “who suggested he noticed what he thought was a automotive being damaged into,” in keeping with the press launch.
He engaged with the suspects “who didn’t observe his route,” Takoma Park Police mentioned. The suspects tried to flee in a automobile at which era 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 Pressure 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, mentioned he finds it “actually, actually troubling” how little info concerning the circumstances of the capturing has been launched, claiming the Pentagon officer “had no authority in Montgomery County.”
“You may’t shoot individuals for property crimes. You may’t shoot them. That’s simply flat-out true,” Elrich mentioned, in keeping with The Washington Post. “The concept that he drew his gun versus choose his telephone and name the native police — this could not have occurred.”
“I’m dedicated to making sure justice is served,” Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart mentioned in an announcement. “The Metropolis’s Police Division is working with Montgomery County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace to conduct a whole and full investigation.”