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UPDATED: Police identify two shot by off-duty Pentagon officer in Takoma Park

Police say suspects ‘failed to follow his directions’

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This story was updated at 11:05 a.m. on April 8, 2021, to include the identities of the two people who were fatally shot

Takoma Park police have identified two people who were fatally shot by an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer on Wednesday after they tried to flee in a vehicle.

Police say the officer reported seeing what he thought was a break-in. The people he saw “failed to follow his direction” and he shot two people as they tried to flee, police said.

Police did not identify the Pentagon officer. They also did not specify how many people were involved in the confrontation.

Around 5:03 a.m., Takoma Park officers responded to the report of shots fired in the parking lot of Takoma Overlook Condominiums at 7333 New Hampshire Ave., police said in a press release.

The Pentagon officer tried to talk to the car intruders. They ignored him and they tried to flee in a vehicle before the officer fired his service weapon, police said.

Dominique Williams, 32, of Hyattsville, and James Lionel Johnson, 38, of District Heights, were taken to Prince George’s Hospital with gunshot wounds and later died.

Police did not initially identify Williams and Johnson on Wednesday. Their names were released on Thursday morning.

Police said the Pentagon Force Protection Agency has been notified and Takoma Park police are investigating the shooting, along with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Plevy, a spokeswoman with the city of Takoma Park, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Wednesday that Takoma Park police are the lead agency conducting the investigation.

“Since the case did not involve an officer employed by a Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agency, the Montgomery County SAO will be handling the review,” she wrote.

Plevy referred questions about the officer’s employment status to the Pentagon Protection Force Agency.

Christopher Layman, a Pentagon spokesman, could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday or Thursday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com