BRANDYWINE – A Prince George’s County Police Department officer and a male suspect are both dead after a domestic dispute in a neighborhood near Chadds Ford Drive and Gillmore Greens Court in Brandywine.
There was a heavy police presence in two locations in Southern Prince George’s County Wednesday after an officer-involved shooting at a residence in Brandywine led to a pursuit and shootout in Fort Washington.
“With broken hearts, we are announcing that one of our officers was shot and killed today,” the department said via Twitter. “The brave officer was shot while stepping in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation. Please keep his family and our department in your prayers.”
At 10:19 a.m. on Wednesday morning a neighbor came to Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin “pleading for help,” said Prince George’s County Police Department Chief Hank Stawinski. Ramzziddin, who was off-duty at the time, responded to the domestic dispute in his neighborhood to protect a woman who was allegedly being threatened.
During the dispute, the officer was confronted by a Glenn Tyndell with a shotgun. Police say Ramzziddin was shot five times and died of his injuries, according to security camera footage of the incident.
“I have reviewed video that shows Cpl. Ramzziddin being shot by the suspect Glenn Tyndell with a shotgun,” Stawinski said. “There was volley of three shot fired by Tyndell, there was a pause, and Tyndell fired two more times. I believe the first volley of shots grievously wounded Ramzziddin who lost his life.”
Stawinski described Ramzziddin as selfless, a hero, a veteran and a Medal of Valor winner. Ramzzidin was an only child, a husband, and father of four. Both his family and the “entire institution” are grieving, Stawinski said.
“He led a consequential life, and he suffered a consequential death, but he saved her life by giving his own,” the police chief said.
Tyndell fled the scene after taking the corporal’s weapon. Officers followed through two jurisdictions. Officers stopped the vehicle on the Indian Head Highway near Fort Washington at Old Fort Road where Tyndell allegedly exited his vehicle and opened fire on county officers. Stawinski said forensics is still analyzing several bullet casings obtained from the investigation of the crime scenes. Tyndell was shot and killed by police. Stawinski said two of his officers were involved in the shooting.
Roads near both of the crime scenes remained closed for the majority of Wednesday with substantial police presence in both areas. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.
Police said Tyndell had a history with the court system, laying out details of protection orders against him from both his ex-wife and estranged wife, who was the woman at the center of Wednesday’s altercation. According to court records, Tyndell had three open warrants and had a court date the morning of the shooting. Tydell was arrested for violating a protective order in March 2013 and arrested for assault in September 2010.
Ramzziddi was a police officer for five years with the Metropolitan Police Department, he also for two years was a member of the DC Air National Guard and was with the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years.
“Ramzziddi (was a) hero, mentor, father, son, husband and by all accounts this man was doing everything in life right," said John Teletchea, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 Prince George County.
Teletchea said Ramzziddi was a dedicated police officer and Muslim, who took time to mentor other officers and “selflessly gave of himself” to the nation, Marine Corps. and Prince George’s County.
Fire departments across the county and state lined overpasses as Cpl. Ramzziddi’s body was transported to the chief medical examiner in Baltimore, and the Capital Wheel in National Harbor was lit blue in his honor. The Nation's Mosque said a funeral for Cpl. Ramzziddin will be on Friday at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham. Time is to be determined.