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Off-duty Pentagon police officer charged with murder for allegedly killing 2

   April 10, 2021 11:53 PM
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by Kate Pastor andMichelle Stoddart

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Police officer David Hall Dixon arrested for allegedly killing two people Victims identified as Dominique Williams, 32, and James Lionel Johnson, 38.
 
David Hall Dixon, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officer who was off duty at the time of a fatal shooting in Maryland, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing two people, Takoma Park police said Friday.

The victims were identified by the Takoma Park police as Dominique Williams, 32, and James Lionel Johnson, 38.

The shooting took place in a parking lot early Wednesday, according to police.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, Takoma Park police responded to reports of shots fired in the parking lot area of the Takoma Overlook Condominiums, according to a department news release issued Wednesday.

An off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer approached the Takoma Park police and said he had seen what he thought was a car break-in and "engaged the suspects who failed to follow his direction," according to the Wednesday release.

When the "suspects" tried to "flee" in a vehicle, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer "discharged his service weapon," Takoma Park police said Wednesday.

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Takoma Park Chief of Police Antonio DeVaul said Dixon's description of what happened didn't stack up.

"Our investigation revealed that Mr. Dixon's overview of events was inconsistent with the facts in the case," DeVaul said. "And that Mr. Dixon had no lawful or justifiable reason to shoot and kill Mr. Williams and Mr. Johnson."

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