A Pentagon cop accused of shooting and killing two men he “thought” were stealing a car in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Maryland this week has a habit of whipping guns in his apartment building, according to a video from last year which now has law enforcement. scrutinizing the officer more closely.
David Hall Dixon pointed a gun at a homeless woman in the lobby of her apartment complex one evening in May 2020 and barked at her to leave, according to footage. Takoma Park police plan to lay charges against him “for his acts of aggression,” WJLA reports.
Dixon reportedly told the woman to leave the building after a series of disturbances. When she didn’t, he returned to her apartment and brought back what appeared to be a shotgun. He pointed the gun at her and repeated his orders to leave, which she did, rolling a red shopping cart with her. Dixon followed her through the doors. He didn’t shoot the gun.
Dixon, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer since 2019, has been charged with two counts of second degree murder for allegedly killing 32-year-old Hyattsville resident Dominique Williams and James Lionel Johnson, a 38 year old man. District Heights resident, in the parking lot of the same building Wednesday morning.
Dixon was arrested on Friday and remains in jail without bail. He was put on administrative leave from the Pentagon Force.
Relatives described the two victims as best friends. Johnson was the father of three children, including a baby. His cousin Marcus Cornegay told a press conference on Friday: “He treated everyone who crossed his path with love and respect, as if they were family. As a family we really struggle with that trying to figure out why he was taken from us.
Family lawyer David Haynes said Johnson and Williams were “shot in cold blood, for no reason, without justification.”
Takoma Park Police said when their officers arrived at the scene around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Dixon approached them and said he saw what he “thought” was an attempt to theft Auto.
According to billing documents reported by The Washington Post, Dixon identified himself as an off-duty Pentagon officer and told police he was leaving for work when he noticed a Lexus, headlights off, driving through the parking lot.
He said he saw one of the Lexus men trying to smash the window of another car in the parking lot earlier. He said he confronted the men in the Lexus, but that they “gassed” him and attempted to run over him, prompting him to open fire.
But surveillance footage showed Dixon firing as the car drove away, load documents say.
While authorities determined that a car theft attempt had indeed taken place, they said the car with the three men inside “no longer presented an immediate threat which would have justified the use of lethal force” .
Takoma Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul said on Friday that Dixon had “no legal or justifiable reason” to fire his service weapon: “He was a civilian who acted as a civilian, who stood by. found himself a law enforcement officer in another jurisdiction. “
DeVaul added that Dixon’s overview of events “was inconsistent with the evidence and the facts of the case.”
Williams and Johnson were taken to nearby St. George’s Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the upper back, injuries according to a medical examiner concurring with shots from behind. Both died there.
A third man, Michael Thomas, 36, was driving the car. Dixon faces additional charges of attempted second degree murder for opening fire on Thomas, as well as reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. Thomas has not been charged with a crime.
Dixon is not the only one in the Pentagon Force to draw his service weapon when not in service. Another officer shot a 16-year-old who he said had robbed him on the evening of March 24 in Washington, DC
The acting director of the office said leaders would organize trainings in response to the two incidents “to ensure [officers] have a full understanding of their off-duty responsibilities. “
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