The incident happened around 5 a.m. in the parking lot of a condominium complex in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb about 11 miles from Washington, DC.
Officers responded to a shooting call and were contacted by an Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officer who said he believed a car was broken into, according to a statement from the Takoma Park Police Department.
“He engaged the suspects who did not follow his instructions,” police said in the statement. “The suspects tried to flee in a vehicle, at which point the officer unloaded his service weapon.”
Shortly afterwards, police said, “two of the suspects involved arrived at Prince George̵
Both died at the hospital.
It is unclear if the two people broke into the car.
Pentagon spokesman Sue Gough told CNN in a statement: “I can confirm that an off-duty PFPA police officer was involved in a shooting incident early this morning in Takoma Park, Maryland that resulted in two deaths.”
She added: “According to the standard policy, the police officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Also per standard policy, the PFPA will conduct an internal administrative investigation.”
The Takoma Park Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.
Takoma Park Police declined to comment further.
CNN has reached out to the state’s law firm.