An off-duty Alexandria sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man he found breaking into his Fort Washington home late Tuesday, Prince George’s County police said.
The deputy returned to his home, in the 8400 block of Rose Marie Drive, around 11 p.m. to discover that his front door had been forced open and a suspected burglar was inside, a police spokesman said.
“He had a confrontation with the suspect which led to the homeowner shooting the suspect,” Cpl. Larry Johnson said.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office did not identify the deputy but said he has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of investigations into the shooting.
County police have not released the identity of the man killed but said they are investigating whether one or more additional suspects may have been on the scene.
Police did not know Wednesday whether the man who was killed was armed but said the deputy shot the man with a gun that was not his service weapon.
The burglary suspect was shot inside the home but ran outside after he was shot, police said. It was unclear whether he died at the scene or at a hospital.