A Maryland grand jury indicted a Pentagon officer on Friday after he allegedly shot and killed two men he suspected as burglars while on his way to work.
Pentagon Force Protection Agency Officer David Dixon faces murder and assault charges in connection with an April 7 fatal shooting that claimed the lives of Dominique Williams, 32, and James Johnson, 38.
A 36-year-old man who was also at the scene but not harmed transported the two men to a local hospital where they died. Dixon was indicted on attempted murder for shooting at him.
Dixon spotted the victims wandering around cars at Takoma Park and presumed they were burglars breaking into parked vehicles.
“We absolutely encourage people not to take action if they observe criminal activity,” Takoma Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul said.
“Be a good witness, call us, but do not take action. We want our citizens to be our eyes and ears, but not intercede themselves.”
In addition, Dixon faces two counts of assault charges over an earlier incident when he pepper-sprayed a homeless woman and threatened her with a shotgun claiming that she attacked him.