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Off-duty Pentagon police officer shot and killed two people he believed were breaking into a car, police say

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An off-duty federal police officer shot and killed two people he believed had broken into a car in Maryland on Wednesday morning, according to local authorities.

(CNN)An off-duty federal police officer shot and killed two people he believed had broken into a car in Maryland on Wednesday morning, according to local authorities.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired and were approached by an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officer who said he thought a car was being burglarized, according to a statement from the Takoma Park Police Department.

"He engaged the suspects who failed to follow his direction," police said in the statement.

A short time later, police said, "two of the suspects involved arrived at Prince George's Hospital, both suffering from gunshot wounds. "

Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough told CNN in a statement, "I can confirm that an off-duty PFPA police officer was involved in a shooting incident early this morning in Takoma Park, Maryland, that resulted in two fatalities. "

She added, "Per standard policy, the police officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.

Takoma Park Police declined to provide further information.

CNN has reached out to the state's attorney's office.

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