(Jason Howerton) An off-duty sheriff’s deputy in Fort Washington, Maryland fatally shot a man he found breaking into his home Tuesday night, according to Prince George’s County police. The deputy has reportedly been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident, WJLA-TV reports.
The deputy arrived home at around 11 p.m. Tuesday to find his front door busted open. He quickly realized that a suspected burglar was in his home so he pulled out his firearm and confronted the home intruder.
“He had a confrontation with the suspect which led to the homeowner shooting the suspect,” Cpl. Larry Johnson said.
“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,”Lt. William Alexander of the Prince George’s Police Department said.