Off-duty Alexandria sheriff's deputy shoots alleged burglar in Fort Washington
An off-duty Alexandria sheriff's deputy shot and killed a suspected burglar late Tuesday night.
Just before 11 p.m., officers found the victim on the ground when they responded to a call for a shooting in the 8400 block of Rose Marie Drive in Prince George's County. The victim died at the scene.
The homeowner, a deputy sheriff in Alexandria, told police he arrived home to find his front door damaged. Once inside, he was confronted by the suspect.
Lt. William Alexander of the Prince George's Police Department said, "He shoots that suspect, who ultimately attempts to flee and runs outside and collapses in the front yard."
Police identified the dead man as 20-year-old Jon Adgrain Pocknett of Indian Head.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The suspect was not shot with the deputy's service weapon.
"There is a very strong argument for home owners if they are inside their home. There is a strong presumption that they fear for their safety if they end up shooting a suspect,"Alexander added.
The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting. Investigators believe one or more additional suspects were at the scene.
The burglary and shooting has those who live in the area troubled.
"I don't know what I would do if something came in my house. I don't know. I can't say," said neighbor Samuel Turner.
Investigators confirm the area has seen several burglaries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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