Alabama police officer shot and killed
Officer Justin Billa reacts in order to investigate a murder.
A Maryland police Medal of Valor winner, was shot and killed Wednesday while intervening in a domestic violence dispute, the officials said, making him the second police officer killed in the U.S. in just a 12-hour span.
The police called the 14-year-old veteran, Cpl. Mujahid A. Ramazziddin, 51, as the officer killed in the confrontation. He was out of the service at the time of the incident. He was assigned to the Special Operations Division.
Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin was off-duty when he was shot Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
According to a press release from Prince George’s Police, Ramazziddin was guiding a woman neighbour, “who was threatened by her estranged husband.” The armed suspect fatally shot the officer and left the area in a black SUV, police said.
NBC Washington reported that the officer was a veteran of the marine Corps and a father of four children.
“Mujahid stood his ground to defend the life of the individual who had come to him for help,” Chief Hank Stawinski said.
The SUV was spotted shortly afterwards by the enforcement of the act and a chase began, the press release said. The suspect ditched his vehicle and allegedly engaged in “an exchange of gunfire.” Officers shot and killed the man as he tried to flee in a wooded area, NBC Washington reported.
The suspect who killed our officer was shot and killed by responding law enforcement. More details later.
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) February 21, 2018
Prince George’s Police Department identified the suspect as Glenn Tyndell, 37, who had multiple open assault warrants.
The police said Glenn Tyndell, 37, was the suspect in the fatal officer shooting.
(Prince George’s Police Department)
Prince George’s Police Department tweeted: “With broken hearts, we announce that one of our officers was shot and killed today. The brave officer was shot and killed while in the protection of a woman is threatened in a domestic situation. Please keep his family and our department in your prayers.”
Thoughts and prayers from police stations in the US, after the announcement.
The men & women of ATF Baltimore are deeply saddened at the passing of our brother in blue who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his community safe. We offer our sincere condolences for the loss that his family and our @PGPDNews brothers & sisters have suffered https://t.co/tnzg80rufc
— ATF Baltimore (@ATFBaltimore) February 21, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Prince George’s County Police Department at this time. https://t.co/gqGIjsw3Ve
— MD State Police (@MDSP) February 21, 2018
The death of the Maryland officer followed early in the morning murder in Alabama.
Justin Billa, a former officer of the month, with the Mobile Police Department was shot after a murder suspect barricaded himself in his home in Alabama around 12:30 a.m. The suspect, Robert Hollie, also died. It was not immediately clear whether he was killed by officers or shot himself.
Chuck Canterbury, the president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, condemned the two slaughter on Wednesday, pointing to the “astronomical rise” of the law enforcement officers who are shot in the field.
“Our brothers and sisters in the law enforcement took an oath to protect and serve, but this should not make them victims of violence,” Canterbury said. “The number of directors is included in the line of duty and remains on the rise, and a number of politicians to sit idly by and do nothing for our law enforcement officials, except to pose for photos if it is politically opportune to do that.”
With the Maryland officer’s death, at least 15 officers in the U.S. died during the service in 2018 — with 12 of the deaths caused by gunfire.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that the suspect was arrested, then shot by the police. The suspect was shot while police chased him on foot.