A Brandywine, Maryland, man with a lengthy criminal history allegedly shot and killed an off-duty officer Wednesday as he protected a next-door neighbor during a domestic dispute.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Prince George’s County Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin, a 14-year veteran of the department, was fatally shot by Glenn Tydell, 37, a man who had a history of domestic violence. Chief Henry Stawinski said the distressed neighbor came to Ramzziddin’s home shortly before 10:30 a.m. and was shot as he stepped in to protect the woman.
“He immediately responded to that plea for help and shortly thereafter found himself in a confrontation with a man armed with a shotgun–cold, callous–[Ramzziddin] stood his ground to defend the life of the individual who came to him for help,” the chief said.
This is our fallen officer. Proud public servant, father, husband and son. He wore our badge for 14 years. He will live in our hearts every day. pic.twitter.com/cNPidw6N99
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) February 21, 2018
Tydell fled the scene in a vehicle and shot at officers during a chase that ended at Indian Head Highway at Old Fort Road in Fort Washington, about 10 miles from where Ramzziddin was shot. Sources told WRC that officers fatally shot the suspect as he attempted to run into the woods.
At the time of the shooting, police said Tydell had three open warrants for assault.
“Preliminarily, I believe he should not have had a firearm based on that [domestic violence] history,” Stawinski said.
The father of four and was also a Marine Corps veteran who earned the police department’s 2006 Medal of Valor.
“A gutless coward took the life of a very important member of our community,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.
“Officer Ramzziddin gave his life trying to save the life of another.”
[Featured Image: Mujahid Ramzziddi/Prince George’s County Police Department]