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2 dead after Pentagon Police Officer shot at suspects he thought were breaking into a car

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Two people are dead after an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency Police Officer shot at them in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning in Takoma Park.

According to the Takoma Park Police Department, the officer "advised he observed what he thought was a car being broken into" around 5 a.m. at the Takoma Overlook Condominiums on New Hampshire Avenue.

According to dispatch audio from Alertpage/OpenMHz, a 911 caller described the scene, saying the witness heard someone yell, "Get down! Get down" before firing shots.

Caption: {p}According to dispatch audio from Alertpage/OpenMHz, a 911 placed described the scene, saying the witness heard someone yell, "Get down! Get down" before firing shots.{/p}

"He engaged the suspects who failed to follow his direction," a Takoma Park Police Department statement says. "The suspects attempted to flee in a vehicle at which time the officer discharged his service weapon."

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The officer is now on administrative leave.

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Shortly after that, two of the suspects involved arrived at Prince George's Hospital Center suffering from gunshot wounds and later succumbed to their injuries.

When asked about officer protocol, the U.S. Department of Defense released the following statement to 7News:

“PFPA police officers’ exercise of any law enforcement authority while off duty is generally limited to a “serious breach of the peace (when violence is being committed or immediately threatened) including assault and threats to kill, injure or maim.”
"Firearms may be discharged at moving vehicles when an employee has a reasonable basis to believe that the vehicle poses an imminent threat of death or seriously bodily harm to the employee or others."

The Pentagon Force Protection Force Agency was notified of the incident and the Takoma Police Department is actively investigating, in consultation with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney's Office.

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