An off-duty Pentagon police officer fatally shot two men he thought were breaking into a car in the parking lot of a Maryland condominium complex on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The officer, a member of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, opened fire outside the Takoma Overlook Condominiums in Takoma Park shortly after 5 a.m., according to police.
He “engaged” the men “who failed to follow his direction,” before shooting at them when they tried to flee in a car, according to a press release from the Takoma Park Police Department.
Both men were taken to an area hospital, where they died. Police on Thursday identified them as Dominique Williams, 32, and 38-year-old James Johnson.
The Pentagon officer told investigators he thought there was a gun the men’s getaway vehicle, a source told The Washington Post.
The officer has since been placed on administrative leave, the newspaper reported.
Johnson’s aunt, Denise Johnson, condemned the shooting.
“It’s wrong how he got