A police officer in Prince George's County was shot and killed while trying to protect a woman in a domestic situation on Wednesday.
A neighbor went to the Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin's house and asked him for help. He was off-duty and went over to her home just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
He was confronted by a man with a shotgun and lost his life.
We are now learning that man's name was Glenn Tyndell, 37. He had 3 open warrants for assault.
"Mujahid stood his ground to defend the life of the individual who had come to him for help," said Prince George's County Chief of Police Henry Stawinski.
"He saved her life by giving his own."
A woman called police saying that her husband had shot a police officer. When officers responded, the woman gave the description of the car her husband was driving, which led police on a chase.
During the chase, it is reported that the suspect shot at police, who returned fire.
Prince George’s County Police announced on Twitter that the officer had died.
With broken hearts, we are announcing that one of our officers was shot and killed today. The brave officer was shot while stepping in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation. Please keep his family and our department in your prayers.
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) February 21, 2018
They later announced that the suspect who killed the officer was shot and killed by responding law enforcement.
Corporal Ramzziddin was assigned to the Special Operations Division, Harbor Unit. He served his community for 14 years.
He was an only child, a husband and a father of 4 of children.
"He knew, just like the men and women who stand behind us and who are out there serving today that their badge doesn't come off at night," said Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker in a press conference.
"It's 24 hours and they run to service. And so this is a sad day for us in Prince George's County. We're going to grieve the loss of this talented young man but it's also a proud day for us in Prince George's County because he's an example of the men and women who put on the uniform each and every day and go out there and serve."
Governor Larry Hogan released a statement:
“The murder of Prince George’s County police officer Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin in the line of duty today is an unspeakable tragedy. The First Lady and I are praying for his family, loved ones, and the department during this difficult time. Corporal Ramzziddin was a military veteran and a distinguished law enforcement officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of his neighbors and community. His memory and service will never be forgotten. “I have extended my full support to County Executive Rushern Baker, Police Chief Hank Stawinski, and all of the dedicated men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department as they mourn their fallen fellow officer. The state is standing by to offer any assistance needed to Prince George’s County as they investigate this terrible and senseless crime.”
John Teletchea, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 also issued a statement.
"Our hearts break yet again as a tragedy comes to our family. Our Brother, Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin, a father, son, husband, friend, mentor and hero was callously murdered while confronting a coward engaged in domestic abuse. A United States Marine who defended our Nation, a highly decorated Prince George's County Police Officer who always answered his call to service, Cpl. Ramzziddin stands as an inspiration to us all. As we mourn our loss along with his entire family, let us also swell with pride that such men walk among us, leading by example and being the rock we all lean on and look to for inspiration. "