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Two people shot and killed by an off-duty Pentagon police officer are identified by authorities

April 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Police have identified the two people shot and killed Wednesday by an off-duty federal officer in Takoma Park, Maryland. The officer believed they were breaking into a car, according to the authorities.

(CNN)Police have identified the two people shot and killed Wednesday by an off-duty federal officer in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The officer believed they were breaking into a car, according to the authorities.

Dominique Williams, 32, of Hyattsville and James Lionel Johnson, 38, of District Heights, were shot by a member of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, the Takoma Park Police Department said Thursday.

The officer believed a car was being burgled and shot two people when they allegedly tried to flee in a vehicle.

The Pentagon says the officer was a former Army Military Policeman, but authorities did not identify him.

The officer has been with the agency since 2019, and had been a federal police officer since 2009, and an Army Military policeman prior to that, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said in a statement Thursday.

Gough had earlier said that the police officer had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, per standard policy.

Gough noted that PFPA officers are permitted to take their duty weapons home, and cited a PFPA regulation that says that they generally are only permitted to serve in a law enforcement capacity off-duty "when violence is being committed or immediately threatened. "

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

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