Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin was identified as the off-duty Prince George’s County police officer was shot and killed in Brandywine, Maryland on Wednesday morning. Ramzziddin, who was off-duty at the time, was shot after he tried to protect a woman who was threatened during a domestic dispute.
The suspect who murdered Ramzziddin also was killed by responding officers. Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference that Ramzziddin “saved her life by giving his own.” A witness near the scene said they heard more than 10 shots fired.
The suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified.
The Prince George’s County Police department tweeted:
“With broken hearts, we are announcing that one of our officers was shot and killed today. 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.”
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
Officials said that Ramzziddin was a Marine Corps veteran, a father of four and his mother’s only child.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Corporal Ramzziddin.
“The murder of Prince George’s County police officer Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin in the line of duty today is an unspeakable tragedy. The First Lady and I are praying for his family, loved ones, and the department during this difficult time. Corporal Ramzziddin was a military veteran and a distinguished law enforcement officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of his neighbors and community. His memory and service will never be forgotten.
I have extended my full support to County Executive Rushem Baker, Police Chief Hank Stawinski, and all of the dedicated men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department as they mourn their fallen fellow officer. The state is standing by to offer any assistance needed to Prince George’s County as they investigate this terrible and senseless crime,” Governor Hogan said in his official statement.
According to officials, seven of the 128 officers who died in 2017 were shot while responding to domestic disturbance reports.
May Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin rest in peace.
.@LarryHogan says Maryland flags being lowered in honor of PG Co officer killed..says officer was off duty, stepped in to intervene in domestic violence incident he witnessed and was killed. pic.twitter.com/IVOFJh7dMP
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) February 21, 2018