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Off-duty Pentagon officer charged, accused of fatally shooting two fleeing men he thought broke into a car

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-09 09:52:01-04

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — -----UPDATE-----

The involved off-duty officer has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.

He's been identified as David Hall Dixon.

Police are expected to hold a press conference Friday at 2 p.m.

-----ORIGINAL STORY-----

Two men who died Wednesday morning following a shooting involving an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer in Montgomery County, have been identified

Takoma Park Police say 32-year-old Dominique Williams, of Hyattsville, and 38-year-old James Lionel Johnson, of District Heights, were both shot outside the Takoma Overlook Condominiums on New Hampshire Avenue.

The involved off-duty officer told investigators he believed the two men had just broken into a car, when he approached them.

Both apparently refused to follow his orders and tried to take off from the scene in a vehicle.

That's when the officer told detectives he fired.

Williams and Johnson both died after showing up at Prince George's Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Details of the incident remain vague.

It's unclear if the men ever did break into or steal a vehicle.

Police didn't specify if the car the men fled in was driving away or towards the off-duty officer, or if they were even in a vehicle when they were shot at.

It's also unknown if the men were armed.

The name of the involved officer has not been released.

The case remains under investigation and is being reviewed by the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.