The incident happened around 5:00 a.m. in the parking lot of a condominium in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb about seven miles from Washington, D.C.
The officer was responding to the calls of the shooting and was approached by the on-duty Pentagon Protection Agency police officer who said he thought the vehicle was stolen, according to a Tacoma Police Department statement.
“He was engaged to a suspect who did not obey his orders,” police said in a statement. “The suspect attempted to escape in a vehicle while an armed detachment officer”
Not long later, the police officer said “Two suspects involved arrived at Prince George Hospital, both injured by gunshots.”;
They both died in the hospital.
It was unclear whether the two of them broke into the car.
Zukov, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN in a statement: “I can confirm that an off-duty PFPA officer was involved in this morning’s shooting in Takoma Park, Maryland, which resulted in the deaths of two.”
She added “In accordance with the standard policy, the police are granted parental leave pending the outcome of the investigation, and in accordance with the PFPA standard policy, internal administrative investigations are conducted.
The Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.
Takoma Park police declined to provide further information.
CNN contacted the state attorney’s office.